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UK Long Way From Paperless Office

An expert on paper usage has suggested that the UK is still a long way from achieving a paperless office.

Speaking to the Guardian, Tim Bowler, the director of the National Association of Paper Merchants, said that the use of paper in the UK has only fallen by an average of one per cent a year.

He suggested that last year saw a fluke high of a nine per cent drop but this was due to the recession, the expert claimed.

Mr Bowlers added: "Businesses are keeping better records and this often means printing out a hard copy of emails and digital documents so they can be securely stored."

However, while some offices may not be significantly changing their paper usage, according to charity Waste Watch, newspapers are making progress.

The charity claims that in 2004 the raw materials for UK newspapers were made up of 75.5 per cent recycled paper.

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