In the opening photo, I've chosen some plastics that are not recyclable in my community. We are a little behind the times with plastics #1 and #2 being the only types of plastic accepted at our local facility. I have stacks of plastic food containers (typically #5) that I use for a variety purposes. Once they have been cleaned they are ready to store leftovers, craft supplies and much more. Most of these smooth plastics can even be written on with a dry erase marker to label whatever is stored inside. And when you're ready to store something else just wipe it clean and relabel it.
Etsy shop I make beads out of newspaper, magazines and plastic bags and I store them in these pill containers until I am ready to use them. While I lack the patience and talent for it, some artists make beautiful art with them. Here are some beautifully beaded pill bottles. As with all of your reused plastic containers, you'll want to be sure to wash out those bottles very well.
Another really great bead (or any number of small items) storing container is this one. It had Ferrero Rocher chocolates in it and I've used the containers both with and without the insert. The one shown has the insert and is used to group similar beads that I want to keep together.
They make pretty awesome recycling containers as well. Check out this recycling container with swagger in my Etsy shop. I have a feeling there are more where that one came from!
Please post you're ideas for reusing or upcycling your plastic below!