The recycling places where I could drop off were both 20 minutes away and not convenient at all. I contended myself with bringing aluminum cans and plastic to work where they had recycling bins. Bags and egg cartons went to the grocery store. But I still wanted to do more.
When I quit my job to be a stay at home mom, it was making me crazy to throw everything away. So I struck a deal with Mr. Destructo that I would go back to regular non organic milk and get recycling service. It is 130 a year and they will pick up on my curb twice a month.
I don't mind giving up the milk since Destructo is dairy sensitive anyways and doesn't drink cow's milk sticking with coconut milk or almond milk. I like the way the organic milk from Aldi's tastes, but it isn't something I can live without since I don't really drink it either outside of pregnancy since I am also dairy sensitive. The cost difference more than pays for my recycling.
So right now I have three giant trash bags of recyclables laying around and can start keeping even more once I get the recycling can. I can't wait. If I can get my composter set up, I might be able to drastically reduce our trash going into the land fills. Yay for positive changes.