Florida vs. Michigan
(for recycling, not sports ;) )
When we lived in Florida, recycling was a breeze. We had two plastic rectangle bins that always sat outside and when you had something to recycle (plastic, cans, paper) you rinsed them, if appropriate and threw them in the right bins. Then once a week a big truck would come by and empty your containers for you.
In Michigan, it's totally different, I guess in large part because it's cold outside (and in the winter snowing) a good part of the year. Here, you take your paper recyclables to an empty semi-truck, and someone presumably takes it to recycle when it's full. Glass, plastic, and aluminum drinking containers cost you 10¢ extra on the spot (up to 2-liter size) which you then at some point are to return to the store for a refund.
If you're like me, you hate driving into town to recycle, so you let the containers accumulate until it's worth the trip (usually pre-grocery shopping since you're going to be in town then anyway). Adding insult to injury, you will always get signs on the return machines that say things like, "Store does not accept this brand," (even though you're returning it at the store you bought it from), or "Cannot read bar code."
Returning the stuff is yukky too. No matter how thoroughly you've rinsed the containers, there will inevitaby still be something sticky or unpleasant in the bags you've transported the containers in.
I don't like the process, but I'm glad there's a way to recycle, so we actively and gladly (if that makes sense) participate. Hopefully someday though, they'll find a better way.