A great way to start looking at how to reduce the environmental footprint of a business is to look at changing your office printing habits.

Here are a few suggestions to consider:

1. Toner cartridge recycling

Remembering to order toner for the printer is often a high priority task for any business, but what happens to the empty cartridges is often overlooked. With “over 66 million printer cartridges sold each year in the UK, only an estimated 15% are recycled or reused.” [1]

There are plenty of toner recycling schemes available to help reduce the number of cartridges ending up in landfill. The empty toner cartridges are recycled for re-use or shredded back to raw materials. To learn more about toner recycling here

2. Print double sided

With many people hitting print without even a second thought, simple changes such as adjusting your your print settings from single side to duplex/ double sided printing reduces the volume of paper used in the office.

3. A central multifunctional printer for the whole office 

As more businesses are starting to see the financial benefits of having one multifunctional printer rather than multiple printers, the environmental benefits are also seen. For example, the amount of toner cartridges being purchased and number of printers going to landfill when they have come to the end of their life.

4. Print Management Solution Software  

There are a variety of Print Management Solution software packages available, which allow you to monitor individual staff printing levels and overall printing costs. Functions such as delete print jobs that are not printed within an allocated time frame, help reduce unnecessary printing and paper waste. Learn more about how Printer Management Software can benefit your business here.

5. Energy Saver Mode 

Many modern-day printers have an automatic sleep and wake function. When your device is going through a period of inactivity it will automatically go into energy saving mode or sleep mode, where it uses less energy. This option can often be selected for different time periods to suit your business.


[1] Cartridge Save [online] 07/11/18 https://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/recycling.html

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