Reduce is the most important step of them all. Refusing things on a daily basis like single use plastics and extra sauce packets from Taco Bell can go a long way and make a real difference. It is also very important to reduce your carbon footprint, your water waste and food waste as well as physical waste. So stop taking hour long showers and freeze food before it goes bad.
Using reusable products is kinda of like going back to the old days, before plastic. You know how your grandma and grandpa used to get their milk?! They would leave their empty glass milk jugs on the porch and they would be replaced with fresh ones by the local milk man. Those empty's would be cleaned and sanitized and refilled. They had it right back then.
Recycling should always be the last ditch effort. The last step to the 3 magic R's. Try to reuse your recyclables a few times if you can, such as plastic hummus tubs and pasta jars. When its time to send those poor babies to the bin, just make sure you know what your community recycles and does not recycle. Lastly, don't forget to rinse them out before sending them to the recycling center.