A primary school in Leeds has halved its daily paper usage after installing specialist software to track what is being printed and who is printing it.

Systems put in place by print solutions firm ABS UK Ltd have saved Little London Primary School more than 7,500 sheets of A4 paper over 12 months.

That equates to £700 of print costs while reducing its impact on the environment by the equivalent of 1,000 bulb hours or 20kg of C02 emissions.

The software validates print access through swipe cards and unique user names and passwords. It has also resulted in fewer colour copies being printed.

Jill Wood, head teacher at Little London Primary School said: “We enlisted the help of ABS after becoming concerned about our impact on the environment, and overall costs incurred, as a result of printing.

“The new system installed by ABS has made everyone mindful about what and why they are printing. It’s easy to follow, simple to use and certainly makes a difference.

“We’ve enjoyed fabulous customer service and have made consistent savings while becoming more environmentally friendly.” Brett Abson, sales director at ABS Print UK Ltd said: “We’re extremely pleased to have been able to directly meet the requirements and address the concerns of Little London Primary School around their print use.

“We’ve provided a smart and practical solution that has helped the school be more print-efficient, both financially and environmentally.”

ABS UK Ltd provides document production and print and document management to a variety of schools, businesses and charities across the north of England.