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The office environment is becoming greener says Kyocera

Recycling of printer cartridges, PCs and other office equipment has risen by almost 100% during the past 14 years yet business is becoming less environmentally responsible.


This is according to a survey by international conglomerate Kyocera, which says that businesses are being confused by the increasing complexity of environmental issues.


Compiled in June by the Loudhouse Research Consultancy, the survey incorporates 340 directors, purchasers and general office staff across UK organisations with more than 1000 employees.


Kyocera marketing director Tracey Rawling Church said: When we launched our first Ecosys printer back in 1993, major concerns centred around recycling paper and eliminating CFCs quick wins which could be ticked off as paper recycling trays appeared around the office and we switched to CFC-free aerosols.


Now an organisation has to take into account its energy consumption, the conscientious disposal of end-of-life equipment, transport policies and myriad other issues before it can claim to have an environmental policy.


The DTIs Resource Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Network manager Charlie Rea said: The report reaffirms that progressing further [towards environmental responsibility] requires the acknowledgement that commercial aspects ultimately have primacy over environmental considerations.


At the same time, the increased complexity and the pace of the debate on good environmental practice has made defining the right choice less clear, in itself a barrier to change.


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