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Offices in paper chase.

OFFICE workers in Huddersfield have been urged to save paper.

The idea is to help keep company costs down and benefit the environment.

Experts at government-funded environmental advice body Envirowise said employees should think twice about the cost and environmental impact of "trigger happy" printing of emails and memos.

Envirowise regional manager Elin Crebbin said: "Paper has become one of the biggest waste challenges facing UK offices, with about half of all office waste being paper-based.

"As it stands, 4.7m tonnes of paper and board is going to waste each year in the UK.

And contrary to the expected trend towards the 'paperless office', the UK currently consumes about 12.5m tonnes of paper and board a year."

Ms Crebbin said office staff were guilty of needlessly printing out emails, multiple copies and massive documents that were unlikely to be read.

The cost of generating office waste to businesses could be as much as 4% of turnover.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2008
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