[LINK] Environment department used 30 sheets of paper per person per day

Jon Seymour jon.seymour at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 09:06:26 AEDT 2009

Elimimating waste is, of course, worthy, but one suspects that the  
environmental footprint of a netbook over its lifetime (3 years) is  
greater than 65 reams of plantation derived paper


On 27/01/2009, at 12:10, Tom Worthington <Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au>  

> At 03:41 AM 27/01/2009, Michael Still wrote:
>> Tom Worthington wrote:
>>> ... Australian Public Service might like to set a target for the use
>>> of paper for all agencies of no more than one sheet per day per
>>> person. ...
>> I think artificial quotas are a bad idea... Perhaps people are  
>> printing
>> because its required by their job ...
> I think it helps to give people an idea of what is expected of them.
> There may well be jobs which use of large amounts of paper, but
> perhaps those jobs should be redesigned so they do not. If you are
> using 30 sheets of paper a day and are told the goal is to use just
> one, it may prompt you think about the way you are working. Why are
> you printing out the correspondence instead of just filing it on the
> electronic filing system the department runs? Why are you printing
> out all the drafts your colleagues are circulating? Why are you
> printing out papers for meetings, when everyone has a netbook
> computer and the meeting room is electronically equipped?
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