Paper costs and carbon footprint reduction targets

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Dear Guildford Borough Council,

I am currently compiling data on the cost to both the environment and expenditure on the use of paper.

I would be grateful if you can give me information on the following:

1) The total amount of reams of paper used by the authority in the last 12 months
2) The amount of expenditure on printing, photocopying, and consumables for internal purposes. We are not interested in the amount of expenditure for printing of publications for external use.
3) The amount of recycling of paper from your offices.
4) Does the local authority have a target to reduce the use of paper - if so what is the current progress?
5) Does the local authority have a target to reduce their carbon footprint - if so what is the current progress?

Yours faithfully,

A R Shaw

noreply@guildford.gov.uk on behalf of Kevin Handley, Guildford Borough Council

Dear A R Shaw,

We have considered your request for information.

Thank you for your information request, below I detail our response :-

* The total amount of reams of paper used by the authority in the last
12 months Response = 25,000 reams
* The amount of expenditure on printing, photocopying, and consumables
for internal purposes. We are not interested in the amount of
expenditure for printing of publications for external use. Our
response = £202,712
* The amount of recycling of paper from your offices? Our response = We
sort and recycle all our waste from our Offices.
* Does the local authority have a target to reduce their carbon
footprint - if so what is the current progress? Our response .In our
Corporate plan 2015-2020 we have several projects / actions that are
Carbon related ie reduce energy consumption, introduction of renewable
energy. Carbon Management plan. Please refer to our WEB site to see
the full list

Kevin Handley

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Yours sincerely

Kevin Handley