In the second installment of our, “Bad Printing” mini-series, we talk about being wasteful.
Careless printing is a common, yet damaging, trap that many employees fall into. Statistics reveal that the average office employee prints anywhere up to 10,000 documents every year and discards roughly four million tons of paper each year. These statistics might sound hyperbolic, however, when you think about how many supplies you go through regularly, those numbers seem more realistic. Another habit you should cut is careless, wasteful printing. You can do so by cutting the following wasteful printing habits out of your daily routine:
Printing Every Document
Some office employees have a habit of printing hard copies when utilizing a digital version of the document would be simpler. Implement and enforce a print quota to motivate your team to think carefully before printing. These quotas can be established and allocated on a daily, weekly, or quarterly schedule.
Also, be sure to preview each document before printing to ensure that you only print what’s necessary and not those random blank sheets in between documents.
Printing in Color When it Isn’t Necessary
If we’re being completely honest, how often do we check our printer settings before sending a job? Despite the fact that most office documents are monochrome, employees will often print in color accidentally by using the QuickPrint function without checking the settings. Even though printing in color only costs a few extra cents than printing in monochrome, it’s a common printing mistake that can cost your company hundreds over time.
Throwing Out Print Cartridges
Did you know that empty print cartridges take close to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills? Not to mention that empty cartridges are considered to be hazardous waste which does a considerable amount of damage to the environment when the materials end up in landfills. So, don’t throw out your empty cartridges! Recycle them instead.
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