Recycling is a fundamental part of green office operations, but there are other things you can do as well:
- Program all copiers and printers to print double-sided as a default.
- Reduce the default margin size of paper.
- Proof documents on the computer instead of printing numerous drafts.
- Eliminate disposables whenever possible.
- Do not print in-house newsletters or other publications.
- Place all on-campus envelopes in a designated area and reuse them.
- Cancel all junk mail.
- Ask vendors to send electronic copies instead of printed copies of their materials.
- Use a reusable mug or water bottle.
- Post unwanted furniture and supplies that can be reused to the Northwestern Surplus Property Exchange.
- Designate an area within the office space for supplies (pens, pencils, file folders, etc.) that can be reused instead of purchasing new.
- Collect and reuse paper.
- Buy refurbished or recycled-content products.
- Look for a high percentage of post-consumer content. "Post-consumer" materials have reached their end use and been collected from homes and businesses as opposed to scrap from within the manufacturing process.