National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Reduce supply and paper waste by charging for it

Paper and supply waste might be reduced by making each individual organization (i.e., the branch, department or section) responsible for paying for what they use. Awareness of these costs at the user level could make conservation a consideration. Additionally, it would allow these organizations to develop methods for reducing waste that will be successful in their particular work environment. For example, a small office environment might have a "waste paper printer" which is stocked with paper that has been used on one side. Another organization might decide to provide book readers for manuals and documentation reviews to reduce paper use. An electrical shop could have scrap wire bins, where short lengths of wire and used wire could be reused rather than set out for recycling. Furthermore, the good ideas could be shared through a supply-savings wiki or some other such information sharing method.

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