Printing efficiently extends the life of the toner cartridges you buy and conserves trees.
Print only when you need a hard copy. Save e-mails and other documents on your hard drive or on a diskette, and read on-line or on-screen.
Set printer default settings to “draft.” This may be described as the “faster printing” or “economy” mode. Use the highest-quality printing setting only for final copies.
Avoid using shaded boxes and large font sizes.
For archived hard copies, print two or more document pages per sheet. Check your manual to find out if your computer has this capability.
Eliminate fax and printer confirmation sheets.
Use a fax-modem program to direct faxes to your computer instead of to the fax machine. Faxes can be archived and searched on your computer, and are easy to redirect.
By doing what you can to reduce the amount of ink and toner you use you’re getting your money’s worth out of your cartridges while at the same time helping eliminate waste.
San Diego’s landfill is not a bottomless pit. Recycling, and taking measures like those outlined above, help a great deal in reducing the amount of trash San Diego has to deal with daily.