Recycling varies widely from state to state, town to town, sometimes even within the town! It can be very confusing and can change. The thing to remember is to keep taking a peek at the rules – usually things that were NOT recyclable will become recyclable in some manner.
This goes along with Step one. Concentrate on everything you get rid of for a week or so – really look at each item and figure out if it is recyclable in your area or if you can do without it. If you have questions, ask. This method focuses you and makes it very applicable to what you use.
Teach them – especially the kids. They will nag your spouse or grandma for you! Kids catch on so quickly. It will become second nature to them in no time. I have seen this in our schools and with my own children.
Once you have the easy stuff down pat, add to it! There are other items that can be recycled or reused with very little extra effort. If you have a local recycling department, they can be a great resource.
For more ideas on recycling, check my guide on How to Recycle Everything.
If you are ready for the REDUCE step but need a little push, educate yourself on some of the dangers of the packing you use.