Ontario to cut paper, office equipment use

Plan includes eliminating 15,000 printers, reducing number of fax machines

March 25, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

TORONTO: The government of Ontario plans to reduce the amount of paper and office equipment it uses, a move it says will help save $15.6 million. Over the next two years, Queen’s Park plans to:

  • eliminate more than 15,000 printers and computer servers, a 50-percent reduction it says will save $8 million;
  • cut paper use by 50 percent for a savings of $7 million; and
  • reduce the number of office fax machines by centralizing them.

The government also has reduced the number of daily news packages it prints by 96 percent over the past six years. The packages will be eliminated entirely by the end of March. According to the government, the move will save nearly $600,000 a year in paper and printing costs, as well as almost 5,000 trees. In 2004, about 41.5 million pages were printed.

The equipment reduction will save 30.5 million kilowatt hours a year, the government said. Reduced printing will also save more than 200 million litres of water annually used to produce office paper as well as reducing toner cartridge use.