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Using recycled paper to cut waste at printing company

Using recycled paper to cut waste at printing company
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Resources:
Materials, Waste
Sector:
All sectors, Office and administration
Cost:
Low cost
Premises and operation areas:
Office management, Waste and recycling
Size of company:
Small (less than 50)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Beginner

Zero tolerance policy to tackle paper waste

  • Printing company implemented a zero-waste strategy
  • 70 % of the paper now used is from recycled stock

Seacourt Print Ltd, a printing company with strong traditions, supplies quality design and colour print services to a clientele of blue-chip companies. The firm is a three-time winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise, sustainable development category, thanks to their waterless printing technology, and it is recognised by EMAS as a leader in circular economy practices.

Since 2009, Seacourt has applied a zero-waste policy aimed at gradually reducing waste streams to the maximum. As the main raw material in its business, paper handling and use, including suppliers, was the primary target.

Key benefits

Seacourt communicates its technical and environmental goals to paper suppliers and explores greener options, such as sustainable paper and suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The company also keeps also a register of approved suppliers which it provides to customers.  

Today, everything Seacourt prints ends up either as a finished print product or is recycled. Over 70 % of paper used at the company comes from recycled stock.

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