Scrap drives to support military production
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U.S. recycling in WWII
With shortages in basic materials during World War II, the government appealed to the public to collect and donate certain items. These included most types of metal, kitchen fat, newspapers, rags and products made out of rubber. The items were then to be recycled into weapons and other items necessary for the war effort.
"They've got the guts. Back 'em up with more metal." US government poster encouraging scrap collection.