|Our recycling bin looks like this except for the aqua top. Many of the bins I found pictures of were blue. What’s with that? I’ve never seen a blue recycling bin. And it wouldn’t go with our house, which is sort of cream-colored.|
For just a couple of people, Becky and I generate a lot of paper at home. I suppose that’s to be somewhat expected since I do a lot of writing and she is involved with a lot of music. Both of these in some guise require paper. (Or at least they do now.) I do write on a word processor, and Biscuit City is produced online (news flash), but I print out drafts for revision. I can see errors and problems on a hard copy more readily than on a screen. It’s a holdover from the days when I hand wrote everything, or typed it. As for music, we have the music for the Manassas Chorale (which Becky directs) shipped to our house, so we have a lot of boxes. We also order a fair amount online, which means more boxes. Then there’s the regular mail, fully half of which is, uh, direct marketing.
We have a recycling bin, which holds about two bushels of stuff. It used to live in the kitchen, but has gotten torn up thorough heavy use. It now lives on the porch and we have a nice recycling bag. I empty both bin and bag into the 55-gallon wheeled recycling bin that the City of Manassas provides, and we more than fill it up each week before it’s picked up with the trash on Thursdays. And this is from two people.
A “paperless office” was predicted as early as 1975. Instead of paper output lessening, it has increased siunce then because of the ease of producing documents. Today, the average office worker produces two pounds of paper a day. I think we’re right up there with them on that.
Of course we use computers. I first used them at school in 1985, but I still use a lot of paper. Part of it is that I realize that digital entities have a way of disappearing, so I don’t trust them entirely. I keep a calendar on my i-Phone, but back it up with a paper copy. My novel is saved on a hard drive, a thumb drive and also on a cloud (or my castle on a cloud, I’m not sure which), but I still run a hard copy every once in a while. I hope it wouldn’t come to typing it all over again, although that might improve the manuscript.
What’s your experience with paper? Are you using more or less? Are you overwhelmed by great piles of it as we are? Any ideas on how to control it are welcome–I’ll be glad to take a page out of your book…as long as I don’t have to recycle it.