when did we start community recycling?



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    Organized recycling dates back to ancient history.  Through Plato’s records, we know that the ancient Greeks (400 BC) at least had some sort of recycling system when resources became scarce.  Pre-industrial Europeans also show evidence of making organized efforts to collect and reuse scrap metal.  However, the first real push toward community recycling seems to have started during the World War II era, as governmental campaigns over the world encouraged citizens to conserve and donate scrap metals and conserve fibers.  After this, community recycling really took off in the environmentalism boom of the 1960s and 1970s.

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