Recycled/Recycling Paper

Now that I'm rocking and rolling with a DIY Planner, I'm realizing how much paper I'm going through at times, as I develop a template and test. I'd like to recycle, a do with any page that has blankness. But, I've had quite a few pages that have printing on both sides. Where I live, the only paper that is readily recyclable is newsprint. I've received orders from Lee Valley that are stuffed with paper. The paper, according to the print, is recyclable, just like newspaper, can be used in the garden for compost and is printed with soy-based ink.

I've pretty much given up on soy based ink, but what about recycled paper, especially if it can be handled like newspaper? Suggestions? Anyone have any favorites?

We don't have a big box office retailer in town, so I'm fairly limited on what's available. I've done some googling, but it looks like most of the paper generally available for printing/copying is via specialty vendors.

So, wisdom/suggestions anyone?


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Don't understand the question


Are you asking for a source of recycled paper, something to do with the paper you've generated, or someplace to take the paper you've generated? I can't quite tell from your post.

All copy paper is recyclable, as far as I know. The people who take the newspaper (curbside recycling programs) should also take 'office' paper as long as it has no post-it notes, tape, or glue on it. Most will take staples and paperclips, too, but they won't do magazines and catalogs due to the glossy coating on the paper. The trick is that you have to figure out a way to keep the paper from blowing around when you get it down to the curb. So stick your newspaper on top to hold it all down.

As far as buying recycled paper, well, mostly it's clearly marked on the package how much recycled material is contained. Sometimes they can't include much because of the desired properties. You can only bleach the recycled stuff so far, for example.

As far as where to take goods you want to recycle, well, some counties have recycling centers even if they don't offer curbside service. Mostly you can look this stuff up online. Even if you have to haul your own trash to the dump, you may still find that the county has a recycle center.



It was more for finding pre-recycled that would also be recyclable with newspaper. I haul my own, in a county where we are supposed to be recycling a certain percentage of garbage. The paper bins, however, are labeled Newspaper only. From the website, this is all they accept for recycling:

* newspaper
* plastic containers (Types 1-7)
* cardboard
* clear glass
* scrap metal, including refrigerators and freezers

The glass has been a bugger too, in the past.

Thanks though shris - I'll start checking for some recycled content on the next reams.

-- Coffee and Books, the pleasures of life



It's clear that your county isn't recycling everything that *can* be recycled. The next thing is to call your county center and ask them why they don't take office paper.

You can also lobby your county government to expand their program to include office paper and perhaps other colors of glass. Usually whatever limitations they impose are limitations of health or cost (no market for the stuff they collect, no money for people or machinery to sort glass by color).

Failing that, you can contact any trash companies that service any part of your county and see if they do any more.

Last choice, roll your own. You can chop your paper up, throw it in the blender with some water, and make your own 'handmade' paper from the scraps you couldn't reuse. You can even include lint from the dryer (cotton lint) to make your paper more interesting. It won't be white anymore, but it might make interesting use of scraps you can't get rid of except in the trash. You could make papier mache sculpture out of office paper, too. That might be going too far for some folks, though. :)

You might also be able to use your leftover paper as firestarter in the grill--but you might want to check that, not sure what's added to paper these days. If you have a fireplace insert or closed wood stove, you could use it there too, same caveat.


Recycling is just business like any other

Where I live, they don't take anything but pop cans because they say there is no market for it and all the recycling centers are turning in to pulp storage. Instead, we have a great City power plant that takes all the garbage and makes electricity. Works for us!

Sometimes municipalities

Sometimes municipalities will only take certain things for curbside recycling but a wider range of stuff if you actually take it to their recycling center. Does your county have an actual recycling center that's not too far from your house? If you're generating a LOT of paper, it might be worth it to take it there.


If you shred the paper you can not longer use, you can it to pack fragile items, such as Christmas ornaments for example, as well as Christmas presents.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Now, that's an idea

And why didn't I think of it! However.... I'm soon to shred my 1999 tax records.... I wonder if it would be a good idea to use those? ;-)


I have.

I have.

Worm Food!

Shredded paper can be used as bedding for composting worms. This will also help eliminate kitchen scraps.

If you're composting stuff where you're not sure of the ink content, then make sure you put the castings only on non-edible plants.

If it's all soy-based, though, fertilize your food crops with worm poop!