A survey by British company BusinessWaste.co.uk shows that companies in the United Kingdom are spending more on printer paper and ink cartridges than they were 5 years ago. This is despite having green policies in place to reduce office waste.
BusinessWaste.co.uk noted that the “much-hyped paperless office… remains a myth” due to the increase in the amount of waste paper being sent for recycling. However, this is only possible if “companies get their employees to put waste paper and spent cartridges into the right bins”.
“We’ve been promised a paperless office culture for years, but it’s painfully clear that dead trees aren’t going to go out of fashion for a long time to come,” says BusinessWaste.co.uk’s spokesperson Mark Hall. According to Mr Hall, an estimated 7 000 000 tons of paper is being sent to landfills in the UK every year instead of being sent for recycling.
BusinessWaste.co.uk asked over 250 companies about their paper and office supply use over the last five years and found that 31% of companies are ordering more paper while 43% say they are using the same amount of paper and office supplies compared with 2009. Only 23% of the companies surveyed said that were using less paper.
Paper waste can account for up to 80% of business waste, while it is estimated that only 15% of the 64 000 000 ink cartridges sold in Britain every year are recycled. According to Mr Hall this means “that companies… [should] stop wasting so much of the stuff”.
The survey also highlighted a few problems associated with moving to a paperless environment, chief among them being that the average British customer prefers doing business on a physical piece of paper rather than electronically.