Recycling and Conserving Paper

Signed By
Larry Morris, Chief
Administrative Services Division
All El Monte Employees
Date Issued
January 21, 1992
Recycling and Conserving Paper
When Canceled
Guide Section
In an effort to maximize the re-utilization of our natural resources, the El Monte offices will participate in the State's white paper recovery program (Project Recycle).


The State's white paper recovery program (Project Recycle) has been in existence for over 30 years. In fiscal year 90-91, 2,881 tons of wastepaper were collected and sold for $152,715. This saved the equivalent of 48,977 trees, 20.15 million gallons of water, 11.8 million kwh of electricity and avoided 9,507 cubic yards of landfill. The disposal cost avoidance was approximately $129,645. External benefits include postponed acquisition of future landfill space, reduced soil and ground water contamination, and reduced air pollution.

The Air Resources Board, Sacramento, has participated in Project Recycle since 1975. El Monte staff now generate the volume of white paper to justify participation in Project Recycle.

Effective immediately staff are to discard white paper in the special recycle containers. Separation of paper is the cornerstone of a successful white office paper recycling program. Employees will be responsible for separating the paper prior to discarding. "When in doubt, leave it out" is a phrase that can be useful in determining whether or not a particular piece of paper belongs in the recycle bin. Desktop containers are available for individual use. When filled, the contents should be emptied into the nearest recycle bin. Bins are located next to every printer and copying machine. The following lists what can/can not be recycled:


  • White bond (stationary, typing paper, computer paper)
  • Photocopies
  • White tablet sheets (without gum backing)
  • White bond adding machine tape
  • Miscellaneous white forms

*Note: metal staples and small paper clips do not need to be removed.


  • Colored paper 
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines and other coated paper
  • Fax paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Manila folders
  • Adhesives (tape)
  • Binder clips
  • Carbon or NCR paper
  • Tablet bindings
  • Rubberbands
  • Food packaging

    While recycling paper is a worthwhile effort to conserving natural resources, it is also important to reduce the consumption of paper. Therefore, it has been ARB's policy for reproduction orders to be run on white paper and printed on both sides whenever practical.

    Staff can further assist in this effort by observing the following conservation suggestions:

    1. Send documents/notes via PES whenever possible.
    2. Print out only necessary copies of documents/notes.
    3. When circulating memos, use a single copy with a route slip instead of multiple copies for each person.
    4. Use white paper instead of colored paper for message pads, writing paper, copy paper, etc.
    5. Use the blank side of your used paper as scratch paper.
    6. Periodically review distribution lists for reports, notices, etc., to eliminate unnecessary distributions.
    7. Consider alternatives to the storage of text on paper (i.e. diskettes or microfilm)

    Recycling and conservation of paper makes and saves money, and conserves natural resources. If you did not receive a desk top recycle container and would like one, please contact the El Monte Administrative Services Section.