The very first thing you have to do in order to recycle is find out what your local rules and regulations are. Every municipality has different rules regarding how and when they will collect various recyclables.
Go to your towns website or call them and ask them about their regulations. Here is what you want to ask about:
What days are the pick ups? For example: Plastic may be every other Monday but newspapers are ever week on Tuesday.
How do the items need to be separated? For example: Can plastic and glass be in the same container? I lived in a town where you had separate your glass by color (one can for clear, green…etc.)
How does it need to be packaged? For example: Does newspaper have to be tied with string or can it be in a grocery bag? Can leaves be in plastic bags or do they need to be in paper bags, maybe they should not even be in bags at all just in a pile on the street?
Put a calendar of all these days up in your kitchen or by the back/side door. Wherever you are going to see it and it reminds you of what you need to do.
Once you know the rules and when you can recycle you will be ready for Step Two… see a future post in a few days.