$440 Million in Wasted Printing

  • Nov 17, 2009

A study by Lexmark and O'Keeffe & Company says that of the nearly $1.3 billion the federal government spends on printing every year, almost one-third--$440 million--is waste. The “2009 Government Printing Report” is based on a survey of federal employees conducted in March. Federal employees on average print 30 pages every work day, totaling 7,200 pages printed per employee per year, and 92 percent say they print more than they need. On average, federal workers discard 35 percent of the paper they print out every day. The numbers hold true across various federal agencies and across all age ranges. The report says the trouble stems from the fact that 89 percent of federal agencies don't have formal printing policies in place, 91 percent have yet to adopt automatic duplex printing, and 95 percent don't require employees to enter personal codes to print. When employees work from their home offices, they print only one-third as much paper as they do in federal buildings.

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