(Re)Using Common Items

I was just cleaning the apartment and I realized that my simple life is full of clutter—every week I pick up the same few items and throw them away. Among the offenders are

  • Plastic bags (groceries)
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail

Most of those can be recycled… somewhere, somehow… Unfortunately, I do not have any convenient way of disposing of these items in a more environmentally-friendly way (and as much as I care about the environment, I don’t want to store boxes of stuff, find the drop-off locations, and then make multiple separate trips). I’ve been searching (reading and brainstorming) for clever ways to use these items, but I have not found much. Lifehack had an article on 10 ways to reuse plastic bags. If you have any ideas, please let me know!