As can be gleaned from the article entitled “Free Printing being Abused” by Mark Burk, he is dismayed on how irresponsible most of the students are in their actions. Students must understand that free printing offered by the library is a privilege and not a right. It is an initiative of the academe to provide convenience to their students. It is a selfless concern of the school to its students. Burk pointed out the waste of resources particularly papers. As everyone knows, raw materials of a paper come from trees. In short it comes from nature. When one wastes a piece of paper, it is tantamount a small percentage of nature destruction.
When all of paper waste as a result of irresponsible printing will be collectively accounted for, it might be tantamount to killing one big tree in the forest. Nature is there to provide our needs and let us not allow this purpose to be futile. It is not just a waste of resources as pointed out by Burk. It is also a waste of electricity and a waste of printer toner (ink). This irresponsible action of most students contributes to the overall expenses of the school. It is very painful to pay for services when you know that this is a result of immaturity and intentional unwanted actions.
Burk has a point into making students pay for each paper they print. As he said, this is to minimize the abuse students are doing basically because it is heavy on the pocket to pay for something not valuable like paper wastes. Another point for making students pay is for the continuing maintenance of the printer. But on the other hand, making students pay for each page printed is rather a temporary and a weak solution to the problem. The root of the problem must be addressed and that root cause of the problem is moral values system of students.
The school must always instill in their students the importance of conservation and the importance of responsibility for their actions. In this manner, the root cause of the problem is extinguished. Always remember not to waste any resources because in this day and age most of our resources are depleted and there will come a time that we will experience scarcity in resources such as papers and electricity and sad to say that they will longer be free by that time and you have to pay huge amount of money just to be able to obtain those resources.