OP: Maybe speak up and get involved. Find out more information about recycling in the greater area. See what you can do to bring recycling to your more immediate area. Even if nothing formal can be found or created, you can always start up a grass-roots effort. Find a few people with pick-up trucks and rotate who will drive the recycling to the closest facility or something. Let that person (each time) keep the cash to cover the costs. You have to weigh out the various factors, of course, but if you start something maybe the "powers that be" will realize there is a need and get something more formal going.
"Be the change you want to see" is a quote I've seen a few times recently and it seems to fit here. (I don't know who to give credit to, but wanted you to know it is not my original saying.