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Vancouver police encourage paper cuts through software

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



Vancouver police are trying to save trees — thanks to its efforts, the department’s used 20 fewer trees last year than it did in 2008 to make more than 1.2 million print jobs.

According to a police report, the department implemented new software six years ago, called PaperCut, with a goal of reducing energy.

It’s reduced several hundred thousand pages per year since then and further reductions are expected in 2014 when the police department’s court database will be upgraded.

Currently, the Crown Liaison Unit is one of the largest users of pages — they also print single-sided.

The VPD estimates it used 62.2 trees in 2008 for more than five million printed pages. That number has fallen to 42.7 trees at the end of 2013 — when about half of all pages were printed double-sided.


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