Switching Between New and Recycled Paper|
By Thiravudh Khoman
I'm a great believer in using recycled paper (by recycled paper, I mean paper that has been used on only one side and blank on the other). I've been doing it for over 25 years now and everyone in the family participates.
9 pages out of 10, my printing is done on recycled paper. Occasionally, though, I need to print to new, virgin paper. There's an easy way to swap between recycled and white paper, so easy that I'm reluctant to state the obvious. But for the sake of those who haven't thought of it yet, here it is.
Assuming your printer can hold 30 sheets of paper (the number of sheets isn't important), take 14 sheets of white paper, put 2 sheets of coloured paper on top of this, and then add 14 sheets of recycled paper on top of that. What you have now is 2 sheets of coloured paper separating your white and recycled paper.
Whenever you need to print to the white paper, orient the batch of paper so that the white paper is fed into the printer. When you wish to print to the recycled paper, flip the sheets around so that the recycled paper is fed in. Depending on your printer, the recycled paper may have to be oriented either face-up or face-down relative to the coloured separator paper.
As you print, you'll get a visual cue when either type of paper runs out - a colour page will appear or you will advertantly print onto a coloured sheet. No problem, simply fill 'er up, put the coloured sheet back into the middle (it's alright if it's been printed on).
A few caveats. Obviously, this trick works best when the paper is fed into an open bin or tray, where the paper can be easily removed and eyeballed. It is not very effective for printers with closed trays, partly because you can't see the paper until after it's been printed, and partly because in my experience, recycled paper doesn't seat and/or feed well in closed trays.
Finally, some tips on using recycled paper: