The Herald Review of Grand Rapids, Minnesota

The Herald Review, a biweekly newspaper in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, reduced its trash by 97% through an ongoing cooperative effort by management and staff.

The program eliminates 29,400 pounds (10,966 kilograms) of waste and saves the company over $18,400 each year by reusing inks and photographic chemicals, refilling toner cartridges for printers and photocopiers, using both sides of copy paper, switching from paper to cloth towels in the restrooms, and reusing the aluminum printing plates. Just switching reporters' notebooks from wide-ruled to narrow saved 50% in notebook costs. A local firm uses the Review's leftover newsprint to pack ceramics instead of buying plastic "peanuts."


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