This reader tip will prevent you from feeling guilty if you forget your reusable shopping bags.
When I forget to bring my reusable shopping bags to the store, I ask for a brown paper sack at checkout instead of a plastic one.
At home, I put any recyclable items into the paper sack and then take them to the city recycling center. I drop off the cans, plastic and other items, and after the bag is empty, I simply toss it in with the cardboard recycling.
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