University of Calgary

Recycled paper pricing drops

April 7, 2011

Recycled paper now cheaper than non-recycled

By Anna Nowaczyk

Tania Pander and Ron Bailey welcome the medicine and veterinary medicine’s first shipment of recycled content paper. Photo Credit: Anna NowaczykTania Pander and Ron Bailey welcome the medicine and veterinary medicine’s first shipment of recycled content paper. Photo Credit: Anna NowaczykFaculties and business departments considering a switch to recycled content paper can now save money while saving the environment. Grand & Toy, the University of Calgary’s preferred vendor for office supplies, announced that 30 percent recycled content paper is now less expensive than virgin paper (non-recycled). Departments can save $0.76 per ream by making the switch to 30 percent. For those wanting to go further, 100 percent recycled paper is $0.64 cents more per ream than virgin paper.

“Years ago, recycled content paper used to have its draw backs in that it was off white, had a tendency to jam printers and was very expensive. As the product and printer machines have evolved it became indistinguishable from regular paper so the only barrier that remained was price,” says John Orpe, senior procurement specialist, supply chain management. “The new price now provides a significant financial incentive for choosing the greener option.”

Campus members asked to differentiate a sheet of recycled paper from virgin are unable to tell the difference even in touch and the faculties and business departments that have made the switch in previous years have seen no changes in functionality of their machines. For many it is just another way to model sustainability to students and the community.

“We have been using 30 percent recycled content paper for over a year,” says Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, dean of EVDS. “We believe in the Faculty of Environmental Design that even the smallest change can have a bigger cumulative environmental benefit over time. We look forward to other ways we can better model what we talk about in the classroom and in our research, on a daily basis.”

Boise Aspen 30 and 100 recycled multi-use paper can be purchased at the new low rates effective immediately. Search product codes 054901 and 054922 via Grand & Toy. Photo Credit: Anna NowaczykBoise Aspen 30 and 100 recycled multi-use paper can be purchased at the new low rates effective immediately. Search product codes 054901 and 054922 via Grand & Toy. Photo Credit: Anna Nowaczyk

The Schulich School of Engineering also made the switch a few months back. “Our students asked if we would consider a switch to all recycled paper throughout the school and the answer was an easy and immediate yes,” says Dr. Anil Mehrotra, interim dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. “As engineers, this is what we do, in both large and small ways—find ways of making our current lifestyles sustainable. And as an engineering school, we also have to model what it looks like to invest in the future. It may cost a few cents in the short term but engineers today are seeing the world in terms of long-term sustainable systems.”

In early March, the medicine and veterinary medicine faculties also started ordering recycled paper.

For a full list of faculties and business units that have made the switch visit www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/paperpurchasing. To have your name added email sustain@ucalgary.ca.

 

For more stories on how students, staff and faculty are stepping up together to turn SustainabilityON at U of C or to learn how you can become involved, visit: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability.


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