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Workers 'wasting too much paper'

Date 17 Oct 2007
Author The Editor

Workers in British offices print up to 120 billion pieces of paper every year but much of it is unnecessary, according to a new study. Research by Fujitsu Siemens Computers shows that the average worker prints 22 pages of paper every day. Half of the 2,000 adults questioned admitted they printed the same document several times by mistake.

The report accuses staff of being "carefree" in their printing habits after many admitted they never thought about whether they should be printing so many documents.

Paul Parrish, Managing Director of Fujitsu Siemens Computers, said: "Sadly the paperless office remains a myth for many. Office printing continues to be out of control with very few companies having any transparency on their print costs. "This is compounded by the fact that there is a general lack of guidelines for employees around printing practices. And most people readily admit to not really thinking twice about hitting the "print" option on an email or document."


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