Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

Burning through the paper

One of the interesting cultural things about working at what amounts to a print shop, is that there is a casual disregard for the amount of paper we produce. All the material we code up, whether destined for print or the SEC's web site, is printed out for proofing. Edits are made and changed pages printed out again for second and third reads. When it's all done, the whole thing, plus some administrative pages, are printed out for quality checking. When we're all done with it here, that load of paper is tossed into the recycling.

Right now, I'm printing out 250+ pages of a company's 10-K filing (with exhibits). I'm simultaneously printing another copy on the Customer Service printer across the street. All this paper is destined for the recycling bin and the final filing will be in HTML. On one hand it seems a waste. On another, it provides a feed into the recycling stream (though there is far more supply than demand, there). I think I would feel better about it if we used recycled paper for all this, but I don't see any evidence of that on the reams we crack open at an alarming rate.

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