Friday, September 5, 2008

Paper Salvage: 1939

Paper salvage and recycling was actively pursued during the war, particularly in Great Britain, where paper stocks of all sorts were in short supply. This official advert by the 'Waste Paper Conservation Bureau' in the London Times sketches out the guidelines, especially for the home: "the small quantities which accumulate every week in Britain's ten million homes represent thousands of tons. The problem is to collect these small individual quantities immediately into one vast continuous stream of supply."
How to do it? Here, householders are encouraged to "hand it to the dustmen weekly" (it all sounds so civilised: here you go sport: last week's Evening Standard). Otherwise, people in remote areas might like to ask the boy scouts to come around.

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