We’ve all seen those old unused devices lying around the office at one time or another and thought, ‘I really should get rid of those’ and then the thought passes. Before you know it, another year has gone by and the devices are still sitting there or have just been moved out of sight. Unfortunately, it seems many Australian businesses fall prey to this and are failing to safely and efficiently dispose of old machines.
Fuji Xerox Printers recently surveyed 1000 Australian employers and employees about their office environments and work printers, and found that one in four Aussie businesses has idle devices in the office, and 23 per cent of those have more than three redundant devices. It didn’t come as a surprise that 26 per cent of business managers dispose of obsolete electronic equipment through general waste and nine per cent don’t dispose of it at all.
The findings also revealed that 95 per cent of business managers don’t consider environmentally friendly features, such as ENERGY STAR® ratings, when purchasing office equipment, suggesting that many business managers are overlooking the environmental impact of printing on their business.
If this sounds like you, you may be missing opportunities to reduce your business’ carbon footprint and save on energy and printing costs. A fleet of printers and copiers can have a significant impact on energy consumption, paper usage and e-waste so it’s important to make smart choices about the types of devices you use and how you dispose of them. For example, opting to dispose of e-waste using electronic recycling companies such as TechCollect is a simple and environmentally-friendly business practice.
We’ve put together a three minute infographic to help guide you on the simple changes you can make to green up your office printing:
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