Try to make your garbage can the last resort for items you no longer need. Hopefully you are already recycling the big 3 - newspaper, cans, and bottles. But what about the other stuff?
1. Check with your city's waste management department about what exactly your town recycles - our town also recycles office paper, magazines, and paperboard (cereal boxes, cracker boxes, etc.)
2. To recycle your computer give it to a local non-profit organization after cleaning the hard drive or if it no longer works see if your town accepts computers for hazardous waste recycling.
3. Many organizations accept cell phones for recycling including schools and charities.
4. Recycle printer ink cartridges at Staples or Office Depot.
5. Recycle old clothes at Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
6. Most counties host a hazardous waste disposal events where you can recycle batteries, paint, household chemicals, motor oil. etc.
7. When you recycle plastic bottles, the caps are thrown away. However, now Aveda has come up with a way to recycle them into shampoo and conditioner bottles. Recycle your caps at your local Aveda store - for more info check out http://aveda.aveda.com/aboutaveda/caps.asp
8. Freecycle it - your trash could be someone else's treasure. Check out www.freecycle.org
9. Still have questions on how to recycle something? Check www.Earth911.org it will tell you what and where you can recycle based on your zip code