1. Use your re-usable bags. The ubiquitous re-usable bags are everywhere now, but only keep those that you really use. And as I wrote about in a recent blog post, you can organize and carry bags in The Tote Buddy…and if you have more bags than you need, pass them on (or use them for items you plan to donate, see #3).
2. Set up your recycling center. Do you have an organized area to catch all the recyclables? Set up the bins and bags in a central spot, such as the kitchen or basement. There are also containers made just for recycling, such as these bins from The Container Store or these from Target. I also like this Simplehuman trash and recycling can.
3. Do a sweep of your closets, and donate any unwanted items. This is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Schools and non-profits may be looking for items for their tag sales or fundraisers, plan to hold your own tag sale this summer, or donate to organizations that will pick up like Goodwill or Vietnam Veterans of America.