Hong Kong offices use a staggering 190 million sheets of paper a week, which, if stacked up, would be equivalent to the height of more than 51 International Finance Centers, according to a survey. (The IFC is about 415 meters tall.)
The poll, conducted by the World Green Organisation (WGO), an environmental conservation NGO, was based on phone interviews with about 500 office workers in the city.
The results showed that 25.7 percent of the respondents use at least 11 sheets of paper each day.
About 70 percent of them said their companies do not set double-sided printing as the default option, and nearly 40 percent said their companies do not recycle paper at all.
The results indicate that most companies are not aware of the importance of reducing waste at the source, a WGO spokesperson said.
The WGO will lead a campaign to cut the use of paper and paper products, starting on 15 July, as part of efforts to conserve the world’s resources and protect the environment.
William Yu, the group’s chief executive, said over 500 companies, schools, non-government organizations (NGOs) and individuals have signed the “Paper-Saving Declaration” and pledged to avoid the use of paper unless necessary.
Such action will be taken gradually within the coming 12 months, and is expected to build a paper-saving culture in offices.
The adoption of technology and digitalization of documents are some of the ways to cut down the use of paper, Yu suggested, adding that double-sided printing and reuse of old paper would also help.
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