BCU: A Green Company
We use recycled paper for copying and some for color Xerox printing. We have
just identified a source for 100% recycled inkjet paper and are testing it on
our inkjet printers. For waterproof paper we use a
paper called ViaStone. Viastone's Stone Paper is a unique printing paper
designed exclusively for inkjet printers that is formulated from natural stone,
inorganic mineral powder and trace amounts of non-toxic resins.
No trees or other wood by-products have been added. Unlike traditional paper
making, this innovative process does not require water or toxic agents to
produce & enhance the paper. The result is a tree-free and chlorine-free paper
that is superior in performance, and aesthetic appearance, over traditional
papers. It offers ultra-smooth finish and provides
quality and performance advantages for all your photo printing needs. The papers
are suitable for use in all color ink jet printers, and are priced at a
comparable or better price than traditional wood-pulp papers.
The papers offer superior smear and tear resistance over traditional papers. It
comes in various weights and thickness perfect for printing flyers, newsletter,
presentation, brochures, restaurant menus, and photographs. Best of all, it's
In the past we have put all scraps from poster printing in mixed
paper recycling, and we will continue to do that until we hear
Often we will have posters which we have to re-do/re-print.
If the material is not sensitive, we collect them and drop them off
with the children’s center which uses the backs of paper for art
work. Paper roll centers are made available to the students in the
Veterinary College who use them for their animals. They are also
available for other users on request. If we have any excess, they
are recycled with cardboard.
We have a client in the Veterinary College who takes all of our
laminate and mount backing materials (with a non-stick shiny
surface), and uses it for his fiberglass work. Recently, we’ve had a
small surge of others, also requesting the backing materials.
We recycle Styrofoam peanuts and other various packing materials by
collecting them and offering them to people in the Veterinary
College for re-packing.
We do not have a source for print heads and cartridges for the HP
printers yet, but are looking (Moscow Recycling may take
them!). Currently, we recycle the toner cartridges for the HP laser
printer through Central Stores. The Xerox color print cartridges
and supplies are all recycled through Xerox.
All burned out light bulbs from projectors are collected and
given to the Fine Arts faculty for incorporation into “artwork”.
All batteries are recycled through WSU Environmental Health and
Safety at http://www.ehs.wsu.edu/hazwaste/battery.asp