May 16, 1993
State government was in a bind when a contractor on it months-old recycling program went bankrupt in 1990.That's when The Athelas Institute in Columbia stepped in to help. By collecting, sorting and baling hundreds of tons of office paper, Athelas workers saved the program, state officials say.The institute, a private, nonprofit organization that trains developmentally disabled people and places them in jobs, recently received the state environment department's Environmental Excellence Award and the governor's Salute to Excellence for its involvement in the program, which aims to reduce solid waste by 20 percent by 1994.
May 3, 1993
New program reduces paper in the workplaceAccording to Nine to Five Software of Boulder, Colo., we chopped down 350 million trees last year to make 3,360 billion sheets of office paper.That fact bothered company President E.R. Haas so much that he created the PaperLess Printer, a program aimed at reducing the amount of paper used in the workplace.Most word-processing and desk-top publishing programs recognize the need to display a reduced-size preview mode. It lets you see a document as it would appear on the printed page.
December 1, 1992
More than 50 percent of the paper goods purchased by the county government are recycled products, including the toilet paper and tissues used in public restrooms.But for County Executive Robert R. Neall, it's not enough that the county uses recycled products.Mr. Neall wants county workers to triple the amount of office paper recycled during the next three years.Anne Arundel is one of 32 counties nationwide, including Prince George's and Montgomery, to have joined the Washington-based National Office Paper Recycling Challenge.
September 6, 1992
Susquehannock Environmental Center, a non-profit recycling station near Bel Air, will begin accepting mixed paper on Tuesday.Used paper products, including magazines, junk mail, cereal boxes and egg cartons can be dropped off at the center. Susquehannock is at 700 N. Tollgate Road near Harford Mall, just off U.S. 1.The center will continue to accept used newspapers and certain grades of office paper, including computer paper.Susquehannock officials said paper products should be separated by mixed paper, office paper and newspapers.
July 24, 1992
The solemn-faced man on the video screen has pursed lips, a receding hairline and a warning."It needs almost a religious conversion," he cautions as he calls for commitment: "The actual battles are fought on every desk in the organization -- in desk drawers . . . in the minds of all of us."The threat he warns about is paper. Office paper. And he is serious.The glut of paper piled up on desks, overloading file cabinets and spilling from bookcases can foil efficiency and make important documents impossible to find.
November 6, 1991
Western Maryland College, which began a comprehensive campus recycling effort last December, has entered a second phase.The money forPhase II was provided through a Challenge Grant from developer Martin K. P. Hill of Manchester and from the members of the Class of '91.Phase I called for the recycling of newspapers and office paper, as well as aluminum cans. A long, red metal bin with four compartments was purchased with the help of the Carroll County Public Works Department to house the initial recyclables.