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Print Smart: Printing at Madison College: Reducing paper waste

Learn all about printing at Madison College. Also includes tips and tricks to print smart, utilize less paper and make the most of the resources available to you.

Final numbers

All wasted printer paper in 1 pile with a scale next to it and yard stick in front of it

The pile of wasted printer paper weighs 96.2 pounds and is 3' 3'' tall. The paper was collected from paper left behind at the Truax Library printers from February 1, 2013 - May 3, 2013.

We'd like to say a big thank you to students--we noticed a significant decrease in wasted printer paper while we had the growing display of wasted paper up for our Print Smart campaign. Great job and continue to let us know if you have questions/issues printing in our libraries.

Why Conserve Paper?


1. It's obvious, but paper comes from trees. Trees need to be grown, harvested and processed to become paper. Each step in the process uses resources that impact our environment. If each person uses less paper by printing more wisely, we can reduce our collective carbon footprint. 

2. It is often not necessary to print! How often in the past have you printed out an email, driving directions, a recipe or other information to use it briefly and then recycle it later that same day? Avoiding printing in the first place by using the tools at our disposal, we can reduce the costs associated with needless printing. 

3. It's one way to simplify your life. Printing creates paperwork that needs to be organized and that paper often creates clutter. By streamlining and accessing the information directly on your computer or mobile device, you simplify your own systems of organizing your information, thereby reducing clutter and creating more time for other things. 

Read More: 

How to Conserve Paper

hands enclosing tree

What is included in this stack?

The stack of wasted paper pictured ONLY includes...

  • printer paper left in Truax library at the end of the day and very casually collected throughout the day.

The stack of wasted paper DOES NOT include...

  • paper thrown away/recycled throughout day
  • paper waste in other Madison College libraries/labs
  • printouts collected by users that didn't necessitate printing
  • printouts that could've been printed more efficiently