Published by Jon Land for Wakefield and District Housing in Housing and also in Environment
Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) has launched a new initiative that will change its business culture and help to prevent climate change – by using less paper.
Friday 20 March is ‘Paperless Day’ at WDH, where employees are being asked to justify what they print to drive home the message ‘think before you print’ in order to avoid wasting paper.
WDH currently uses three and a half million sheets of A4 paper every year. It has monitored the amount of paper used over previous weeks and so the paper savings made on Paperless Day will be measurable.
Paperless Day is an important part of our ongoing work to build on the Silver Band status awarded to WDH by Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT), which recognised our environmental sustainability and commitment to climate change.
However, the initiative is not just about reducing paper waste on the day. Owen Daggett, Energy Efficiency Manager for WDH, says that it simply marks the start of a more resourceful way of thinking.
He said, “The idea is to get people thinking about how much paper they use. There are currently a lot of organisations and businesses that use huge amounts of paper, which wastes finances and resources.
“WDH is looking to lead as an example of best practice in this area. We are aiming to eradicate non-essential printing permanently – Paperless Day will mark the start of our plan to use less paper, which helps us become more environmentally friendly and tackle climate change.”
Employees have identified some service areas that will continue to use paper for the benefit of tenants, such as letters and information available at Service Access Points (SAP) across the district, but cut-backs will be made wherever else possible to save on paper – and money.
“Using less paper will trim costs,” adds Owen, “and the savings made will go straight back into front line services that our tenants will benefit from.”