Lexmark and O’Keeffe & Company recently polled federal agencies about their printing habits and what they found would make any eco-conscious taxpayer fume:
Federal employees on average print 30 pages every work day, totalling 7,200 pages printed per employee, per year. The bulk of the employees — 92 percent — say they print more than they need, and on average federal workers discard 35 percent of the paper they print out every day. These numbers hold true across agencies and across age ranges — “generation Y” employees are as wasteful as Baby Boomers, despite other studies’ findings that younger Americans are more environmentally aware than older generations.
Lexmark is of the opinion that there are $440 million in potential savings if they adopted smarter printing policies. Here’s one: go paperless. PDFs are your friend!
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