Are Legal Pads Recyclable

However, at the Los Angeles law firm O`Melveny & Myers, a recycling program that began a month ago allows the 225 lawyers to continue the notes on the yellow blocks of the law. When it comes to recycling colored paper, Cravath is one step ahead of another pioneer, Hannoch Weisman of Roseland, New Jersey. Last month, the law firm, which has 20 environmental lawyers, issued a solemn edict: from now on, all legal blocks should have the most ecologically friendly and uncolored White Paper. “From now on, it will be easy to recognize Hannoch Weisman`s lawyers in the courtroom,” the New Jersey Law Journal reported last month. But the popularity of the yellow tampon is threatened. In some offices, it becomes a white yellow legal block because white recycled paper makes more money than paint scrap; In others, the Legal Pad appears in eco-friendly designer tones, from sage green to soft purple. For writers, lawyers, executives, and all those who have already made their gray cells act by scribbling, the yellow right block offers an almost mystical link with the Muses. In the summer, Cravath, which also serves “dolphin-free” tuna in its cafeteria, distributed 1,500 plastic (non-recyclable) recycling trays to its employees. Items that were once reflexively thrown in the trash – cards, visitor badges, envelopes, all kinds of paper except newsprint, magazines, carbon paper and cardboard – now go into trays instead. The transition is already underway, said the firm`s head of environmental law, Sanders Chattman. “I was concerned that fluorescent lamps would cause a glare problem with the white paper, but that wasn`t the case,” Chattman reported reassuringly. And what`s ecologically responsible is also fiscally prudent: white tampons are cheaper by $4 a dozen.

The yellow right block has also been the victim of allegations that it`s harder to remove yellow than other colors from paper, says Bill Moore, a recycling manager at Waste Management Inc. in Oak Brook, Illinois, the nation`s largest company that processes waste. Moore, writing on a yellow legal block, calls this claim “a myth.” Among the companies leading the way is New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which consumes 70 million sheets of bond paper and nearly 16,000 legal stamps each year. Some people keep an eye on the national debt; Cravath counts the number of trees it has saved since July, when its recycling program began. By September 20, the number had risen to a veritable forest of 680. They copy on both sides of the page and use sloppy photocopies for memos. They recycle pleadings, memoranda, written samples and resumes of rejected applicants. During coffee breaks, they exchange plastic cups for China. Some even check the most expensive talisman in the profession, the right yellow block. “The lawyer with the yellow legal block is burned in everyone`s head as the proper way to do business, and I think there would have been a reluctance to give it up,” says Christopher Crain, a lawyer at the firm who helped lead the recycling efforts. Earlier this year, the company introduced a line of eco-friendly paper in colors such as purple and sage green, and since then, Bergman said, sales of legal tampons have doubled.

Focus groups preferred eco-friendly colors, he says, saying they`re easier for their eyes. Legal stamps made of orchid paper. The 16# smooth writing paper has legally regulated blue lines and double red border lines. The plates are micro-perforated for the removal of EZ. The paper is recycled and contains at least 30% post-consumer content. Extra thick chipboard backs of 50 pts ensure stability. Each package contains 3 pads. Stapled and taped construction. The full sheet size is 8.5″ x 11.75″ and the tear size is 8.5″ x 11″. 50 sheets in each pad.

Sold as a pack of 3 smooth, recycled 15# writing papers legally regulated the blue lines and double red border lines “Arguments against this ranged from “lawyers have always used 8 1/2 by 14 yellow stamps” to “Of course, we`re a progressive company, but don`t get carried away,” said the office`s executive director, Mary McCullough. Weaning avocados off something so familiar turned out to be “the turning point” of the entire recycling program. “Once we`ve convinced lawyers to use 8 1/2 x 11 white papers, everything else fits together in some way,” she said. Spiral notebooks, legal notepads or composition books are ubiquitous. But what do you do when it`s time to recycle those laptops? But by preventing scratches and memos from ending up in landfills, environmentalists are raising the question of the color of the paper their offices will use. Nevertheless, when it comes to sales, White is still the company`s biggest seller when it comes to writing tablets. But, Bergman says, “we`re selling as many yellow tampons as ever.” Within a year, Edwards says, the city plans to “clean” its yellow pads. Instead of earning nothing to recycle the mixed paper, the city expects to earn between $50 and $80 a ton with its white paper program. In California, companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo Bank and Intel Corp. as well as employees of the Orange County government in San Francisco began throwing their paper waste into office recycling bins. The American Paper Institute reports a decline in colored paper products – from 16% in 1974 to 10% in 1988.

“We`re seeing a big movement toward the white paper,” said Marshall Friedman, president of U.S. Recycling Inc. in Denver, which operates 50 pickup points across the country. The choice is a matter of ecological economics, say experts in the paper industry. Colored paper is inferior in quality to white, and while some paper recyclers handle all kinds of paper, others only want white, which makes more money. “It`ll be like getting rid of your security blanket,” Edwards admits of the change. “People will say, `Oh no, we can`t do that.` But once it`s done, they`ll find that it doesn`t make much difference whether the paper is yellow or white. “However, some manufacturers say that yellow is easier for the eyes than white, although they are just as expensive.) Meanwhile, Ms. Ramirez and Lorraine Winheim, Cravath`s chief operating officer, are leading the next phase of the company`s program: porcelain coffee cups. Unfortunately, this change proved to be more problematic: the first prototype showing the company`s new headquarters in Worldwide Plaza omitted the comma between Cravath and Swaine. Even worse, it lacks the company`s custom ampersand. Available in many different configurations to meet all needs “They find it makes them money,” says Virgil Horton, vice president of the Paper Institute.

“We have no problem (with recycling yellow paper),” says Harold Bergman, president of Riverside Paper Corporation in Wisconsin, which recycles 7,000-pound paper loads into Mixmaster-type pulpers that remove ink. Paper is recycled and contains at least 30% post-consumer content Roaring Spring has been producing paper products for more than 130 years At Manko, Gold & Katcher, an environmental law firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, the change is even more dramatic. There, the changes affect not only the color (from yellow to white), but also the type of paper (original to recycled) and size (8 1/2 x 14 inches to 8 1/2 x 11). There, however, the transition was a little more bumpy. Companies that throw all their paper – regardless of their color – into a container may not get the same feedback on their efforts as companies that separate white paper from colored paper. The next step, Cranin hopes, will be to get lawyers to separate the colored paper and the white paper into two recycling bins. “We`re trying to raise awareness slowly,” he says. According to the American Paper Institute, a national trade group, one-third of the country`s 600 paper mills already produce only recycled paper. The color debate is sparked by the national trend to recycle. In guidelines published last February, the Environmental Protection Agency set a target of reducing municipal waste by 25% by 1992. California law requires municipalities to achieve a recycling rate of 25% for all waste by 1995 and 50% by the year 2000. Massaro reports no withdrawal symptoms, not even among the city`s lawyers.

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