As I think I've mentioned before, it is not easy for my family to recycle. Despite living on the outskirts of a major metropolitan area, we are without curbside recycling pick-up. We save up our recyclables: #1 & 2 plastic, cans, glass, paper, and cardboard. Then, we take a monthly trip to the recycling center. So here is our set-up (about ready to make our trip, so excuse the mess):
This is our tower of recycling - large bins for our plastic, glass, paper, and cans. We simply move the bins into the car, dump, and return them to their corner in the garage.
These are bags of crushed soda cans that we (my husband mostly) have collected. We drink very little soda, so most of these cans have been picked up from the side of the road on a walk, or from my husbands work.
From all our recycling efforts, I have noticed that most of the plastic we use is actually #5. I see this plastic in our containers for yogurt, margarine, cream cheese, even some deli meats. If you hate dumping this plastic into landfills, I have news for you. Whole Foods has joined with Preserve to accept #5 plastic recycling in some areas. This program started a while ago but I just found out about it, so forgive me if this is old news for you. If you are interested in finding out which stores accept the plastic check out this site, the Gimme 5 program will also let you mail your #5 plastics (sorry they don't pay for shipping, the address is on the previous link). To learn more about Preserve and their recycled products check here.
No Whole Foods near you? Don't want to pay to mail your plastic? Make sure you check on Earth911 for a recycling center near you. And if worst comes to worst, try offering them on Freecycle. You never know what someone might want or need!