During Earth Week this year, the State of Illinois encouraged employees to mark April 22 as "No Print Day" to underscore the overuse of paper today and to reduce paper consumption.
With less than 5% of the world's population, the U.S. represented close to one-third of the world's total material consumption – including 33% of paper – between 1970 and 1995, according to the U.S. EPA. The agency also noted that recycling one ton of paper can save enough energy to power the average American home for six months. And if the average American were to cut office paper use by roughly 10%, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 1.6 million tons -- the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year, according to the Environmental Paper Network.
The State of Illinois is committed to increasing awareness of unnecessary paper use, to protecting the environment and reducing its overall carbon footprint. Since January 2011, CMS' efforts to reduce the number of print, fax, copier and scan equipment has resulted in an estimated savings of more than $6.2 million.
Through our I-Cycle Program, the state has recycled in FY 13:
- 2,946,844 pounds of paper
- 365,802 pounds of OCC (card board)
- 1,129 Pounds of plastic
- 4,067 pounds of Aluminum
- 58,168 pounds of empty food cans from prisons
- 30,482 pounds of assorted comingled items
You can continue to help make a difference!
- Recycle at the nearest recycle bins.
- Unplug appliances when you are not using them.
- Turn off the lights when not in use.
- Send faxes electronically/email documents.
- Think before you print something.
- Read it via monitor!
More information on the state’s recycling efforts is available at: http://cms.illinois.gov or visit green.illinois.gov to learn more about Illinois’ efforts to go green.