Was the United States the first country to recycle?



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    An excellent answer to this question may be found here.  In short, recycling first became popular in the U.S. during World War II.

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    Though the US was one of the first countries to begin recycling, the concept has been around for centuries. On a large-scale industrial basis, recycling began during the World War II era. Countries, particularly Germany and the US, set up commissions to monitor amounts of materials, such as rubber and steel, and to recycle these for the war effort. Recycling wasn’t used simply for the war, but also out of economic necessity brought on by depressions in the 1930s and 1940s. However, recycling gained momentum in the US during the conservation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, which saw the creation of Earth Day. On a smaller scale, recycling has been around for centuries, predating the Industrial Revolution. Before goods were massly and cheaply produced in factories, families needed to conserve and reuse materials for survival.

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