Paper Use Policy
Recommendations for a TDSB School
How to minimize our eco-footprint by controlling paper use.
1. Recycling
a) There should be a paper recycling bin in each room
(preferably grey, and separate from recycling bin for other materials).
b) There should be posters in each room showing what can be recycled.
c) There should be a Re-usable Paper bin in each room.
(GOOSE Paper = Good On One Side Environmental Paper!)
d) There should be student monitors in each class to make sure waste goes in the proper bins.
2. Copying
a) Use 100% recycled paper.
b) Use double sided feature.
c) Use the risograph when printing 20 copies or more.
(Double sided copying can also be done on the riso.)
d) Do a test print before printing a large set of copies.
e) See section 4 for ways to reduce your copying needs.
3. Printing
3.1 Printer Use
a) Use 100% recycled paper.
b) Use the double-sided (duplex) feature on the printer.
If printing a draft copy, use paper from the Re-usable paper bin.
c) Students should always ask a staff member before printing.
d) Student should only use printer for class assignments, not personal use. Assignments should include limits on the number of printed pages allowed per student/group.
e) Printing should not be done directly from the Internet. Information should be selected, copied into a word processor and saved. It can them be modified and printed as needed.
f) When printing, check the pages entry so that extra pages are not printed. E.g. for 1 page, "1 to 1", for 2 pages "1 to 2", etc.)
g) Where possible, student work should be marked on the computer, instead of being printed and handed in (use school shared folders).
h) If access to a secure website or intranet location is available, student work should be posted online for display instead of being printed.
3.2 Report Cards
a) One copy of report cards should be printed; the final copy.
b) Drafts of report cards should be edited and revised on the computer.
3.3 Email
a) Email users should limit the number emails printed.
b) Information for staff should be posted online, instead of making paper copies
(online conferences, email distribution lists, school websites or school shared folders).
3.4 Communication with Parents
a) Notices to be sent home should be sent to the youngest or only child in a family.
b) Notices should be printed on half sheets and/or double sided if possible.
c) Have students write reminders in agendas instead of sending reminder notes.
4. Classroom
a) Use overheads and textbooks along with student notebooks instead of handouts.
b) Use blackboards, whiteboards, or digital interactive boards instead of chart paper.
c) Use data projectors and ELMO projectors.
d) Use scrap paper and old newspapers as material for art activities.