Being a graphic designer, I admittedly [and unfortunately] use a lot of paper. I try to only print when I need to and use both sides of pieces when I can. One thing that has helped me do this is my scrap paper stash. It started as a small pile under my monitor, but now I use a small cleverstore tote (the 6.5 quart size to be exact!) on my desk.
Whenever I print anything that is 1-sided and I no longer need it or it printed wrong (wrong orientation, wrong color, etc…) I cut it up into smaller note-size pieces. (And I cut it up immediately so I don't get any big stack of papers on my desk!) I am constantly making lists, reminder notes and other quick jots, so I am constantly utilizing my scrap paper stash.
I figure at least I'm reusing it as much as I can before it hits the recycle bin. There are lots of interesting and fun ways to recycle or reuse paper. I found some unique ideas on this site. (My fave is how to make your own bows for gifts – instructions here.) As you can see in the close-up below, I'm piling up quite the stash, but that just means that I'll have a lifetime supply of note paper 🙂
How do you recycle paper at home or at work?