Awareness of recycling at work needs to be increased, that’s one of the findings from a new survey by Cartridge World.

Most workplaces these days use office recycling bins for paper – if not, they should – but only a few are taking advantage of cost savings made through recycling other items, it would appear. Not to mention reducing the environmental impact of simply discarding waste to landfill.

For instance, only 30 per cent of ink cartridges are being recycled; enough are discarded ‘to fill Big Ben’, according to They can take 1,000 years to biodegrade. Yet the savvy businesses and consumers who have been getting their cartridges refilled have saved themselves £11 million.

Cartridge World’s survey found that while almost four-fifths of employees thought that recycling was important, 40 per cent thought that more could be done by their company. A further 37 per cent did not know if their employer even had recycling or ‘green’ policies in place.

Commenting on the survey results, Cartridge World’s UK chairman, John Richardson, told “It’s clear to see how much of an impact recycling is having on businesses, but there is always more that can be done to raise awareness of recycling.

“We just hope people embrace our green way of thinking to help benefit the environment and save themselves money at the same time.”


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