ECO Tip of the Week: Printers Are Out to Get You

This post comes to us courtesy of  Kenyon ECO ( Environmental Campus Organization).



This week marks the debut of the Kenyon ECO’s new project, No Waste November! This week ECO will also be collecting all discarded paper in the library printer stations and putting it on display in Olin Atrium. Make sure you check it out! Every week this month ECO will tackle a different type of waste on campus–beginning with paper saving printing tips.We totally get that you have to print your readings, your assignments, your papers, and so on. It’s cool, we are not here to shame people who use paper for legitimate reasons. However, SO MUCH PAPER goes immediately from the printer to the recycling bin due to misprints, extra copies, documents sent to the wrong printer, printer back ups, etc.  In addition to wasting an insane amount of paper, this costs the library a lot of money. Here are a few simple things you can do to limit your printer waste.

  1. Print double sided. Most (not all) of the printers in Olin have this as the default setting for printing, but it doesn’t hurt to double check.

  1. Make sure the printer is working before you print. One way to do this is just walk by the printers to check. Or, there will be a little “Ready” indicator next to the name of the printer when it’s ready to go. If you see something like, “28 documents waiting,” pick a different printer. Not only will this save you the trouble of going back to the computer to print again, but it also will help prevent hundreds of documents from printing in a row once the printer is fixed.

  1. Speaking of which, if you see a printer printing a stream of god knows how many backed up documents, CANCEL THEM. You can do this from the printer screen.

  1. If you plan on printing many of the same document, like a stack of flyers, make sure to do a test print first to make sure everything looks the way you want it to.
  1. When you print your class readings, you probably don’t need all the title pages, or all the end notes. Scroll through so you know where your reading starts and ends, then print only those pages.

Alright y’all, hope this helps!

One response

  1. Displaying the discarded pages is a cool idea, but you might want to make sure that there aren’t any visible names on the pages. Otherwise, it will end up “shaming” people.

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