slm - refill rather than recycle
An easy way to cut down on the amount of packaging in your life is to keep and then refill the original containers when the contents run out. A lot of health food stores, co ops, markets etc have many bulk sections not only for grains and spices but also for household products. I refill our laundry detergent, dishsoap, household cleaner and soap containers at Grassroots, a local store focusing on green products. They have an extensive household section and have just started selling Dr. Bronner's in bulk which makes me super happy.
Big Carrot also sells household and beauty products in bulk (they have lots of shampoo and conditioner). In Vancouver, Sweet Cherubim has a good selection. If you know of any other places, no matter where they are located, leave a comment.