Paper Pains - You’ve Got the Power!


"There is no such thing as 'away'. When we throw something away, it must go somewhere."

– Annie Leonard

Think about it, when paper is thrown in the bin it doesn’t stay in the bin, it has to go somewhere…


But, just like Bruce Almighty, we’ve got the power to make sure it goes to the right place!

Why does it really matter if we recycle paper or not?


Paper is a very common material, used frequently in everyday life:

  • 50% of business wastage is paper.
  • As you’re reading this, more than 199 tons of paper has already been produced.
  • Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste.

So, imagine how much space can be saved in landfill if everyone just recycled that little bit more…


But it’s not just landfill space you can conserve! By recycling just 1 ton of paper, you can save: 20 trees, 7000 gallons of water, and enough energy to power the average home for 6 months. That’s a massive possible saving.


CHANGE is in your hands.

What are we doing at the SU to make change happen?


As an organisation, we’re constantly trying to reduce our paper usage through three simple methods: reduce, reuse, recycle.




Before even thinking about recycling, it is important to reduce the amount of paper we use. We have done this in many small, but effective ways:

  1. Double sided printing
  2. Encouraging staff to reduce printing
  3. Printing less posters for SU candidates this year



Currently, we are looking at reusing paper, by ordering recycled paper for our printers. Although we are yet to find the perfect sheet, we’re getting there!




Throughout the SU we have ordered and put in place large recycling bins to encourage staff to recycle. These have been readily accepted and readily used.

Don’t forget, we’ve all got the power to make a CHANGE…


Just don’t go developing a Bruce Almighty God complex, because that would kind of be counter-productive now wouldn’t it…