Effective April 1, 2013, Stony Brook University transitioned from procurement of 100% virgin copy paper to exclusively paper with post-consumer waste (PCW) content.
Besides realizing significant sustainability benefits, the University will save $10,000 to $26,000, which will be re-purposed to directly benefit students, faculty and staff. This procurement action will also increase the percentage of University partnerships with minority-and women-owned businesses.
Ultimately, all copy paper purchased in the three major sizes, 8.5"x11", 8.5"x14", and 11"x17" will have 30%, 50% or 100% PCW content, regardless of color and weight.
The recycled paper initiative is a component of Project 50 Forward's Operational Excellence Managed Output Project, led by DoIT's David Ecker and team members Lynn Davis from Procurement and James O'Connor from Transportation and Sustainability. The team's goals include reducing costs, increasing sustainability and improving services related to document production.
The Managed Output Project team and Office of Sustainability are leading a campus-wide toner recycling program beginning March 8, 2013 to achieve a 0% landfill impact and University cost savings.
Previously, toner recycling has not been a standardized process across campus. Stony Brook realized that it needed to implement a standard solution to handle ink toner cartridges (color, b/w), maintenance kits, and drums. As part of this initiative, Stony Brook signed a contract with XCL Business Products Inc. to establish high-volume pickups and allow departments to request receptacles so bins may be placed at various locations on campus during the summer of 2013.
XCL will begin pickups from high-volume print areas such as the HSC Library and TLT SINC Sites beginning Friday, March 8, 2013 and will continue on a weekly basis. Fridays will become Stony Brook's toner recycling pick-up day. Departments may request a toner recycling receptacle for their area by filling out the following form. A box will be shipped to them with a custom Stony Brook University sticker that describes the program. The Office of Sustainability is in the process of purchasing University-approved receptacles that will be placed in various public locations on campus. Pickups from these locations will be conducted on a monthly basis.