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Rethink paper

Paper is one of the most used resources at Concordia University. We can reduce our ecological impact by choosing sustainable paper and reducing our consumption. Read on for tips and download our handy resources.


Paper sustainability tips


Choose 100% post-consumer recycled paper


Available at the Concordia Bookstore and most office supply stores. Ask for 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Pre-consumer or simply “recycled” paper is made from scraps from the manufacturing process, therefore is not as ecologically friendly.

Choose local


Quebec and Canada are home to several large paper manufacturing plants. Buying locally reduces unnecessary transportation emissions.

Choose chlorine-free


When chlorine is used to bleach paper, the produced toxins pollute air and water and can adversely affect human health.

Look for certifications


Most environmental certifications ensure a standardized level of quality for paper while minimizing the impact on the environment. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), EcoLogo, Processes Chlorine Free, and Rainforest Alliance are the most frequently seen certifications.


Print double-sided


Contact IITS for help setting double-sided as the default setting for printing: x7613 or help

Keep it electronic


Reduce printing by using electronic documents. Offer electronic versions of your newsletter and an opt-out option for print versions. Send minutes by email and use a projector to display your meeting agenda and documents.


Reuse paper


Set up a box for saving paper printed on only one side. Reuse the paper for notes or reuse it for printing in your office!

Eco-Entreprises Paper Audit

In 2006, the Quebec Government implemented Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), a program designed to help subsidize municipal recycling by taxing companies and institutions that produce recyclable material that enter the public recycling stream. Under the Environment Quality Act (EQA) Universities are targeted by this tax.

What is expected of departments

The review process requires that faculty and departmental representatives track the quantity of externally bound recyclable materials. Samples of these items must also be kept so they can later be provided to the auditor for weighing on a yearly basis.

How the auditing procedure works

A representative from Environmental Health and Safety will contact your department to request a filled copy of the tracking spreadsheet and samples from your department. A report containing all of the data from Concordia departments will be submitted to ÉEQ and a tax will be charged to Concordia based on the quantity produced


Visit our reducing and discarding waste resources page to get helpful posters for your space!  

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