Materials Use

Using recycled materials helps reduce the demand for virgin material and contributes to conservation of the global resource base.

Materials Use

GRI:
EN1
EN2

Ecology is an environmental service and regulatory agency. The only significant products produced that use direct materials are paper publications. Ecology’s tracking of material use currently is limited to "office paper" and "janitorial paper" products used at Ecology’s Headquarters/Southwest Regional Office building. Many programs and managers within Ecology are moving to place all publications on-line and encourage staff to eliminate the use of printed materials.

Office Paper

Material Calendar Year 2011 Quantity Used Weight (lbs.) Recycled Content Weight
Virgin office paper 86 reams* 430 lbs. 0.0 lbs
Recycled content office paper (30-40% recycled) 86 reams 430 lbs. 150.5 lbs
Recycled content office paper (100% recycled) 4910 reams 24,550 lbs. 24,550 lbs
Total Office Paper 5082 reams 25,410 lbs. 24,700.5 lbs.
  *1 ream (500 sheets) = 5 lbs. on average


Janitorial Paper

Material Calendar Year 2011 Quantity Used Weight (lbs.) Recycled Content Weight
Toilet Tissue (100% recycled content) 212 cases 8480 lbs. 8480 lbs.
Paper Towels (95% recycled content) 313 cases 6072 lbs. 5768.4 lbs.
Total Janitorial Paper 525 cases 14,552 lbs.
TOTAL MATERIAL USE (tracked) ===> 39,962 lbs. 38,948.9 lbs.

The total weight of recycled input materials is 38,948.9 pounds based on recycled content percentages provided by our vendors.

The percentage of recycled input materials used equals 97.46% (38,948.9 divided by 39,962).