It's part of the solution to recycle and to encourage recycling in your community but to fully complete the cycle you should also buy recycled goods. When you're out shopping, vote with your dollars. Buy products that use minimal packaging and check out the labels.
The best way to learn a little more about where your products come from it to watch The Story of Stuff which you can view online at www.thestoryofstuff.com. It's only 20 minutes long and is filled with fantastic info.
Check it out and you'll start looking at your products a little differently from then on.
Keep it green greenies!