Flatten cardboard boxes. Take out loose material, such as shredded paper, from grocery bags and put them in the paper bin. Cut large boxes into smaller sections so they'll fit inside the cart. Flatten cardboard paper and cut it into pieces so the pieces do not exceed 4-by-4 feet. Paper that is acceptable for recycling include cardboard, catalogs, egg cartons, magazines, mail, newspapers, office papers, paper bags and telephone books. If you plan to recycle cereal or cracker boxes, remember to remove the liners, if any.
Rinse out all the bottles that you plan to recycle. Keep the caps on the bottles, unless your curbside program says to remove them. Double check the plastic bottles to see that they are acceptable for recycling in your area. Bottles that are made from polyethylene terephthalate, PET #1, and high density polyethylene, HDPE #2, represent about 96 percent of all U.S. produced bottles and should be recycled to a service that collects them.
Locate places to recycle paper and bottles. Find out about local curbside recycling programs that stop by to collect paper and plastic by contacting your county department of public works. You also can find a recycling center near you by using a recycle location finder.