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Sustainability in Office Services

Did You Know????

1 ton of non recycled printing and office paper uses approximately 24 trees.


A “pallet” of copier paper (20#) contains 40 cartons and weighs 1 ton.


·         1 carton (10 reams) of 100% non recycled paper uses approximately 60 % of one tree.

·         1 tree makes approximately 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets.

·         1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree

Approximately how many trees are saved by using recycled paper?

·         1 ton (40 cartons) of 30% post consumer content copier paper saves approximately 7.2 trees.

·         1 ton of 50% postconsumer content copier paper saves 12 trees.

What can we do, to become more “Green”?



Use your computer to eliminate paper:


·         Use email instead of writing memos and sending faxes

·         Print forms and memos directly from the computer instead of using pre-printed forms.

§  All Office Services forms can be found on our webpage on the myDU resources page.

§  Fill out and attach along with document needing duplication and send to


Review distribution lists frequently:

·         Eliminate outdated or unnecessary contacts

·         Consider reducing the amount of department-wide handouts your department receives.

·         Avoid excess printing orders.




·         Ask for re-usable intercampus envelopes

·         Use double sided printing and copying whenever possible

·         Consolidate printouts to fewer sheets by reducing image and font sizes

·         Use half-sheets for short memos or handouts

·         Use blank sides of unneeded single-sided copies for printing drafts

·         Use scanning capabilities on copiers (send function)