At the P&CC, we value sustainability and accessibility; we recognize our position as a printing shop in contributing to paper and toner waste, which is why we offer TrashBooks, Cartridge Recycling in partnership with the Earth Centre, and always seek new machines and methods to decrease our carbon footprint. You can help! Bring your used toner cartridges to the P&CC to be recycled properly, purchase a TrashBook the next time you need some scratch paper, and follow the guidelines for printing in-house to avoid misprints. Want to learn more? Check out our Instagram and Facebook for ideas to make your life more sustainable through our store.
As a new way to encourage sustainable choices, within our business, we have a sustainability loyalty card! Any time you make a sustainable choice at our shop, whether that means returning ink cartridges or buying a trashbook for your notes, we want to encourage these choices through our loyalty cards. Once you’ve filled your card from your sustainable choices, you’ll earn a free trash book!
What is a TrashBook?

Trashbooks are affordable notebooks created by reused materials. Misprints are
bound to happen at a printing store but that does not mean we cant find another use
for them! Every single sided misprint goes through a screening process to ensure no
personal information is disclosed, then using a coil bind — and a cover of your
choice — pages are bound with the blank side facing up creating a sustainable

What can I use a TrashBook for?

Anything you would normally use a notebook for! Here are some ideas; Grocery list,
To-do list, Reminders, Class notes, Sketch book, Scrap paper, Journaling. The
possibilities are endless.
Hosting a conference? Trashbooks are a great affordable gift to your attendees.
Customize the cover and create inserts of the conference — for example schedule
and thanks to your sponsors — check out the PRODUCT AND SERVICE GUIDES
under “Binding” for bulk trashbooks deals.

“I was going abroad in my third year to China. I do not speak Mandarin and knew that I was not going to have internet access for the first few days I was there. My solution was a trashbook mini, and it was perfect! I was able to write down all the important information I needed — street names, addresses, flight details and things that I wanted more then one copy of — It also allowed me to communicate complex ideas through drawing when talking to those who did not speak my language, especially when I did not have internet access or when my phone battery was dying.”
-Megan ‘19 Physical Geography

"I love how these books are used on recycled paper to be environmentally friendly, they are perfect for my IT staff to use to take notes while they are on shift. The cover pages are really fun as well. I recommend these books for jotting down quick reminders and random thoughts!"
-Jessica ‘20 Electrical Engineering

Can I choose my own cover?

Yes! You can bring in an image you want to use as the TrashBook cover or you can select one of the 10 covers chosen by our marketing manager.

What is a toner cartridge?

A toner cartridge is the container that printers pull toner or ink from to produce your document these cartridge contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and heavy metals that if not recycled properly will pollute the soil and water if they reach landfills. That is why the P&CC is accepting all through our cartridges recycling in partnership with the Earth Centre.

Can I bring a cartridge from my home printer to be recycled?

YES! If you use our service or not – you are more than welcome to recycle your cartridge through us.

How can I make more sustainable choices?

We have been researching some tips on how to make printing practices more sustainable for our patrons:

1. consider printing double sided

2. consider maximizing margins so that the paper usage is maximized

3. recycle any misprints or find a way to reuse them

4. recycle ink cartridges rather than throwing them away

5. check the last pages of your documents to make sure that it isn't just a few lines printing on a full sheet of paper

6. consider using thinner fonts that use less ink such as Calibri and Cambria