(thank you to Ron for reminding me) One reluctant step at a time, we are turning ourselves away from paper to digital everything: no one writes letters, they use email or a Messenger or cell phones.
Books are now downloaded into handheld readers, newspapers and magazines almost always have an online presence.
My dentist is taking 35 years of patient records and digitizing them. I have no idea what he does with the paper records, but its a bundle. And yet to destroy them would mean no paper backup to the digital backup...If there were a fire, the paper is gone. If there is a power outage the digital stuff is inaccessible.
The solution would be to also make copies of each and store THEM someplace. oh yeah.
I see it as causing more work and only creating one extra layer rather than removing anything...