1. Paper should be recycled. Just because we print one side does not mean that we cannot reuse the other side. There are a lot of wasteful prints (i.e. documents for reading and then thrown away, email printing of a few pages when only a few lines or paragraphs are needed, etc…). There are sensitive paper materials that cannot be recycled but about 50% of the papers printed can be recycled. In other words, those recycled papers can be reused on the other side (also for printing things that are not sensitive such as those mentioned above or for scanning and then be shredded).
2. In order to carry out # 1, we need to have designated printers (i.e. new vs. recycled printers). “New” printers use papers that are “new.” “Recycled” printers use papers that are already been used on one side. Users would only have to select “new” or “recycled” printer selection to print. This may also make users aware about paper use even before printing. Perhaps the users may not even print unnecessary documents because this set up may trigger their minds to the concept of “recycling.” By the way, we don’t need to buy new printers for this – just designate every other printer in the office to “recycled” printers.
3. How do we separate “recycling” type papers? Let the users determine themselves. I myself have a recycling paper box at my desk. The Staples box that contains new rings of papers shipped to the office. I would put what I consider is non-confidential documents that were used only one time in that box. If everyone does this, we would have recycled about 50% of the new papers we purchase.
4. With less paper printing and usage, we not only save $$$ on printing but also the recycling of paper. We essentially need less “shredding service” and perhaps less storage areas to store these unused papers before destroying them.