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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Land Quality 

Commercial Waste Reduction Clearinghouse

Setting Up A Program
Waste Reduction Strategies
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Waste Reduction Strategies

Printing Industry

Waste Prevention

  • Design page layouts to prevent waste. Put more words on a page by using smaller fonts and margins.
  • Consider beginning chapter of books on the page immediately following the previous chapter.
  • Consider lighter cover stocks or eliminating the cover completely, if possible.
  • Use both sides of the page whenever possible.
  • Order only what you need. Volume discounts make it economical to order more, but do you really need 1000 or 5000? Anticipate corrections and changes (e.g., will your business be moving or changing its phone number?)
  • Use vegetable-based ink. This helps prevent air and water pollution and also provides brighter colors and rubs off less on the reader's hands.
  • Avoid fluorescent (Astrobright) and goldenrod paper that is difficult to recycle.
  • Alternative fibers such as kenaf, cereal straw, and sugar beet pulp are great alternatives to using trees and can be used to make beautiful paper. Promote these alternative fiber papers to clients as well as recycled content paper.
  • For basic office waste prevention techniques see: General Tips


  • Choose paper that contains recycled content and is easily recyclable. White paper is generally highly valued for recycling collection. Avoid fluorescent and goldenrod paper which is difficult to recycle and consider using alternative fiber paper.
  • Avoid plastic covers and bindings.


For more information visit these web sites:

  • Composting Council of Canada
  • Composting News
  • Internet Recycling and Composting Resource Page
  • Recyclers World central composting category
  • US EPA composting
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For more information about DEQ's Land Quality programs, visit the DEQ contact page.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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