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E-M:/ paperless legislature answers

Enviro-Mich message from "Rep. Greg Kaza" <gkaza@house.state.mi.us>

Re: Paperless Legislature Question.

	Thank you to those who responded. 

	The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports that, subject to many
variables, such as the size ans species of the tree, an "average" tree will
yield approximately 20,000 sheets of 8 x 11 copy paper.

	The House Fiscal Agency, Science and Technology Division, obtained the
following information from the state Department of Management and Budget:

	"The Department of Management and Budget purchases an estimated 922,000
reams of paper yearly for copy and fax machines and laser printer use by
executive offices. [Determining legislative purchases is more difficult
because there is not a central buying unit for legislative offices.] We
were unable to determine how many trees would be saved if this paper were
not purchased by the state. However, state employees recycle office paper
as required by law (1988 PA 411). An estimated five million pounds of
printing paper, cardboard, and newspaper will be separated and collected
for recycling from state offices in the 1997-1998 fiscal year. For every
ton of paper that is recycled, 17 trees and 3 cubic yards of landfill space
are saved. Therefore, Michigan's recycling efforts may save an estimated
42,000 trees each year."

	Thanks again for your help.


Jack McHugh
Rep. Greg Kaza Staff

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