I am an avid recycler. I don't recall when I first started, but it seems that as long as there has been a facility that would accept my used items I've taken them. As it does with most people, it all started out innocently enough; I recycled aluminum cans, glass, plastics (#1 and #2), paper, cardboard, and tin cans. Where I might diverge from the general population is that I will recycle everything that falls into these categories.
When my wife and I chose to move to central Missouri about ten years ago, we wanted to live away from sizeable cities (think St. Louis and Kansas City), but close enough the necessities of life (think groceries, home improvement, etc). Central Missouri provided the perfect location halfway between my home state (Oklahoma) and my wife's (Ilinois), thus it provided the perfect spot for trips to visit family.