# Paper use in the Library & CITS Labs

Tracking paper use and paper waste in the Learning Commons, Scholarly Commons and CITS labs yields some staggering statistics.

## Paper & toner use

• During the fall 2009 semester, the library and labs used 1,250,000 sheets of paper.
• Projection for the spring semester is the same: 1,250,000 sheets of paper.
• Or: 2,500,000 sheets of paper per academic year.

In environmental terms, how many trees? 300 trees per academic year

Simultaneously, 104 toner cartridges are used per academic year.

## Wasted paper

These numbers are large, but at least all that paper is going to good use, right? Student assignments, reports, homework . . . Unfortunately, a lot of paper winds up in the trash cans right in the labs and library.

Paper waste analysis for 2 months:

• 100,000 pieces of paper--or 20 cartons, or ½ a ton--have been wasted in the library public printing areas
• In environmental terms, how many trees thrown away? 12 trees in just 2 months
• In financial terms, how much money thrown away? \$600 in just 2 months

## Enviromental impact

• 1 ream of paper (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree
• 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees

### Some details

• 40 cartons of paper = 1 ton
• Our 1 pallet size = 20 cartons or ½ ton
• Each carton = 10 reams of paper
• Each ream = 500 sheets
• 1 box of paper (10 reams)= \$30.00