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Councils ‘wasting at least £5m a year’ on ink

A series of Freedom of Information requests has revealed how much money local councils are spending on ink cartridges each year.

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New research has shown that councils are wasting unnecessary funds on printer ink

The investigation by Cartridge People showed that the average council spends £68,694 a year on printer ink, following data gathered from a fifth of all principle councils in the UK.

When questioned as to whether they used branded ink cartridges, 43% of the councils approached confirmed they did. Cartridge People says that switching to reusable cartridges could cut ink costs by a combined £5m a year -  the equivalent to the average salary of 201 primary school teachers, 163 police officers or 226 local government administrative officers. 

In a time when council budgets are being slashed and the country is facing an uncertain economic future, it makes sense for authorities to look at innovative solutions to saving money


Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products come straight from the manufacturer and cost on average 40-60 percent more than remanufactured ink. Cartridge People is an online supplier of ink cartridges for printers from companies like Canon, HP and Epson.  

Andrew Davies, content manager at Cartridge People says: “Our investigation into the printing habits of our government has revealed just how much money is being wasted on original branded products. In a time when council budgets are being slashed and the country is facing an uncertain economic future, it makes sense for authorities to look at innovative solutions to saving money.

He concludes: “We would recommend all councils, and businesses, investigate their printing habits to determine where funds can be saved. A little goes a long way!”

If you have a view on this story email me at summer@linkpublishing.co.uk or reach out on Twitter to have your say.

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