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RBS switches to recycled paper

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) has completed a switch to recycled content paper in a move that will save 4,500 tonnes of paper a year.

The change-over involves all of its offices in the UK and Ireland and follows a decision in 2005 to introduce recycled paper if it met quality and reliability standards.

After a series of trials involving RBS and its supplier, Office Depot, no discernable differences in quality, performance and reliability were found compared to virgin paper, and RBS has now phased in the use of recycled copier paper across all its UK sites.

RBS group purchasing director Andy MacLellan said: “Using recycled paper was one of our targets, in line with the company’s environmental and corporate responsibility objectives. By working with our business partners, and through close co-operation with our suppliers, we are pleased to have made the transition.”

To help make the move a reality, RBS utilised information from the Recycled Paper Advocacy Team at the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The Government-funded team of paper industry specialists offer free advice to businesses and organisations looking to switch to recycled content paper.

WRAP advocate manager Jonathan Tame said: “This move by RBS shows that recycled papers are reliable for use in a wide range of office devices and their decision to switch demonstrates a real commitment to sustainable procurement.”

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