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Let’s Keep Illinois Green 

 

No Print Week, April 21-25In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Week, the State of Illinois encourages employees to participate in "No Print Week" from April 21-25, and try electronic alternatives to printing. During “No Print Week,” do your part for the environment and help the state save money! Instead of printing on paper, for example, forward emails electronically only, and scan or save documents to an electronic format to your computer.

We recognize that paper is necessary for many office tasks, but we remind employees that it also carries environmental costs:

  • According to the U.S. EPA, about 69 million tons of paper and cardboard are used and more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published each year.
  • Approximately one-third of paper materials is made of trees – which are precious resources that throughout their lifetimes, help generate oxygen and purify the air, strengthen root systems, prevent soil erosion and recycle water.
  • In addition, EPA estimates show that paper makes up the majority of the national solid waste stream.

Your efforts make a difference!

During Earth Week—and beyond—please consider these simple techniques to reduce paper consumption, ensure recycling and reduce costs throughout the state:

  • Recycle at the nearest recycling bins.
  • Unplug unused appliances.
  • Turn off the lights when exiting a room.
  • Send faxes electronically.
  • Prioritize email communications.
  • Use your monitors, e-readers and tablets.
  • Use Adobe’s Portable Document Format (.pdf) to electronically “print” and save documents
  • Deliver official documents electronically instead of through the mail.
  • Emailing invoices, statements and purchase orders is an easy and quick way to distribute important documents that also saves envelopes and postage.
  • Minimize junk mail and opt out of prescreened offers by visiting OptOutPrescreen.com, run by the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and Transunion. DMAchoice and the National Do Not Mail List can also help eliminate unsolicited commercial mail.
  • Think about necessity before you print!

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The State of Illinois is committed to increasing awareness of unnecessary paper use, fiscal responsibility, protecting the environment and reducing the government’s carbon footprint.

Recycling Statistics, FY13

Conversions based on per ton of paper recycled

46,936 Trees saved
19,326,671 Gallons of water conserved
165,657 Pounds of unreleased pollutants
8,283 Cubic yards not landfilled
1,049,162 Gallons of oil saved
11,325,429 KWh of electricity saved
110.44 Pounds of paper recycled per State employee
Through its I-Cycle program, CMS recycled over 280,000 devices, diverting over 1,400 tons of electronic waste from landfills. These efforts to reduce the number of print, fax, copy and scan equipment has resulted in an estimated savings of more than $13 million annually. In fiscal year 2013 the state has recycled:
  • 5,521,906 pounds of paper (mixed and white)
  • 830,714 pounds of OCC (card board)
  • 2,486 pounds of plastic
  • 4,114 pounds of aluminum
  • 103,449 pounds of scrap metal from empty food cans
  • 48,179 pounds of assorted comingled items

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.