What was the first country to start recycling?



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    Recycling has come about through fits and starts. Recyling of metal and rubber first became enshrined in the American consciousness during World War II, when it was necessary for the war effort. Recyclining plastic and paper gained traction when people began to notice worldwide how much waste they were making. Taiwan became the first country in the world to make recycling plastic a as a nation-wide program. San Francisco passed a law  in 2009 requiring residents and businesses to seperate recycling and composting from trash, perhaps the most comprehensive law ofr its kind in the US. Oregon earlier this month passed a law setting up a mechanism for recycling old unused paint, calculated to be the largest household hazardous waste by volume and cost.   Only time will tell what the next recycling breakthrough will be

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