From a “Content Management” whitepaper I just read, by the industry organization, AIIM:
• If the U.S. cut its office paper use by roughly 10 percent or 540,000 tons, greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 1.6 million tons — equivalent to taking 280,000 cars off the road for a year.
• There are over 4 trillion paper documents in the U.S., growing at a rate of 22% per year.
• For 56% of organizations, the volume of paper records is increasing.• The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year and wastes about 1,410 of these pages.
• With the average cost of each wasted page being about six cents, a company with 500 employees could be spending $42,000 per year on wasted prints.
There is a very compelling environmental case that can be made for reducing paper use through the digitization of key business processes. But a key element for organizations to consider is that the economic case for reducing paper use is just as compelling.
Among the benefits:
• Direct and immediate cost savings on paper and shipping.
• Increased process effectiveness and efficiency.
• The potential to fully integrate field staff and offices into the information capabilities of the organization rather than relying on daily overnight mail.
• Reduced real estate costs through the elimination of filing.
• Improved morale as an integrated information infrastructure allows for greater flexibility in working arrangements.
• Reduced off-site storage as the sheer volume of what needs to be physically preserved declines.
Hm! ~ JT