British Business Wastes Huge Sums on Wasteful Printing

BRITISH businesses could save £1.6 billion per year by avoiding wasteful printing, according to new research.

In a survey of 1,000 British workers, carried out by printer cartridge supplier,, revealed UK businesses are spending the equivalent of 59,355 employees’ salaries on needless printing*.

Workers confessed to throwing away an average of 6,500 pieces of paper per year.

The survey also revealed that only 1 in 20 employees in the UK claims their place of employment has a ‘paperless office’ policy. spokesperson, Andrew Davies, said: “Of all the costs that UK businesses stand to incur, when you add up the cost of wasted paper, it really does seem an unnecessary waste of resources. It’s crazy to think that this money could be used to put an additional 59,355 people in employment in the UK just by printing ‘smarter’ to reduce their paper wastage. And that’s without even considering the energy consumption involved in printing those unneeded sheets!”

“There are many simple ways in which companies can reduce wastage, on mass across the entire workforce – from printing double-sided, setting up monitoring to highlight reduced paper usage and utilising tools to clip and paste information better to a page prior to pressing print.”

The top five most wasteful types of businesses are as follows:

1. Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountancy firm)
2. Educational Institutions (e.g. universities, colleges and schools)
3. Marketing and media (e.g. newspaper, advertising agency)
4. Financial services (e.g. insurance company, bank)
5. Holiday or travel (e.g. hotel, travel agent, etc.)

Experts at recommend implementing the following tactics to reduce wasteful printing in your business:
1. Set all printers to automatically print double-sided
Printing on single sides can be hugely wasteful, so make sure your IT department has set all printers to print on both sides of the page, as a default setting.
2. Gamify reducing wastage
Put in place rewards and benefits schemes to acknowledge those teams which are actively – and successfully – reducing the amount of paper they use. Having a leaderboard displayed in a public place, and making monthly announcements about which teams are doing the best, will encourage an element of friendly competition, and drive up a more green approach to printing.
3. Invest in tools that can be used to present better collate information
Arm staff with tools they can use to clip information from various sources such as web pages and PDF documents which can then be presented or shared documents with customers, clients and colleagues.
4. Introduce a company policy to reduce waste
Make it public knowledge throughout your workforce that the business is actively aiming to reduce its wasted paper. Be sure to clearly communicate what types of documents are and aren’t appropriate to print off within this, so that staff have clear guidance on how to reduce wastage, without it getting excessive.
5. Monitor printer usage
Be sure to tackle the problem departments, by asking IT to set up printer logins for all employees to make it possible to track which teams are wasting the most paper.