1. Keep a recycling bin handy and make it easy to recycle. It takes only seconds to toss an empty bottle, plastic container or can into a bin. Keep it in a nearby closet or in the garage.
2. Recycle paper. Use paper grocery bags or cardboard boxes to hold the paper. When going through the mail toss unwanted junk mail into the recycling box. Reuse blank sides of paper for notes, or grocery lists.
3. Reuse plastic grocery bags. Many grocery stores now offer an incentive to customers who bring in their own bags, offering cents off per bag. Keep the bags in the car for easy access.
4. Old bed sheets or blankets make great drop cloths for painting, arts and crafts or household repairs.
5. Spread coffee grounds and fireplace ashes in the garden to add extra nutrients to the soil.
6. Grind lemon rinds in the garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh.
7. Plastic fruit cups can be used for small jobs around the house such as painting, cleaning or polishing.
8. Don't throw away clothing or household items that are in good condition. Donate them to charity. Many charities will pick up your items.
9. Use plastic containers from margarine and whipped topping for leftovers.
10. Worn cotton items such as towels, washcloths or socks make perfect cleaning, dusting or polishing rags.
11. Collect used engine oil and send to recycling center.