Absolutely yes! Garbage is out of control. Recycling is the right thing to do. Some communities are making giant leaps with outlawing plastic bags and water bottles and many communities have recycling programs. People don't realize that if they recycle, dispose of certain materials like electronics and batteries at acceptable places, and compost their food waste that they would cut down immensely on their weekly garbage.
I have found that in a household of four when no recycling takes place, there are 2-3 bags of garbage at the curb when the garbage collections come once a week. However, in a household of the same size: 1. eggshells, vegetable cuttings, coffee grounds, and other non-meat, non-fat, and non-dairy food items are put into a compost pile. 2. all aluminum, cardboard, paper products, tin, soda cans, and other items are recycled. 3. water bottles are not used because the family refills their personal bottles from a filter or the tap. 4. electronics and batteries are disposed of at appropriate sites. 5. The family uses reusable shopping bags and does not collect plastic bags. 6. The family does not order items shipped with styrofoam (non recyclable material). 7. The family does not use useless items like plastic silverware, chopsticks, straws, and other things that do not biodegrade in trash dumps. ==> By the time the trash is taken to the curb, it is as little as half a bag of garbage, a minimal amount, causing one's carbon footprint to be a tad smaller than it would have been otherwise.