Guide

Printing business waste reduction

Introduction

All businesses generate waste, which can be a major drain on resources. It is estimated that the true cost of waste can be as much as 25 times the cost of disposal and potentially as much as 4 per cent of a business' turnover.

Printers are likely to generate more waste than many other sectors. This could include waste substrate, toner cartridges, ink, packaging from incoming supplies, chemicals and office waste.

Reducing printing business waste can increase your profits, improve efficiency, help you to comply with legislation and improve your environmental reputation among stakeholders such as clients, investors and the local community.

This guide explains how to reduce some of the key wastes produced by printing businesses. This includes substrate waste, production and finishing waste, packaging waste, and direct mail and envelopes.