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Smarter printing cuts carbon

Smarter printing is set to cut the County Council’s carbon footprint and save money. New machines are being brought in which will generate savings of £100,000 a year, reduce carbon emissions by 13 tonnes and reduce the number of devices by more than 80%.

The printers use less cartridges and energy and will also print double-sided, meaning less paper will be needed. They also use less power and recycle unused toner automatically.

This is part of the County Council’s pledge to reduce energy use and carbon emissions by 30% over the next five years.

Any of the older printers which can’t be re-used will be offered to schools and community projects.

Prof Mike Preston, County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We are committed to reducing our own carbon emissions by 30,000 tonnes by 2014 – this is a huge amount but it’s these small changes that could make a big difference.

“It’s very important that large organisations look at practical ways, however small, to reduce their carbon footprint and we are proud to be leading the way in this.”

The new printers are being leased and introduced in phases over the next few years.

To find out more about Leicestershire County Council and the environment, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/environment .

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