In the Second World War, recycling was called salvage, the collection of discarded materials which could be transformed and re-used for war purposes, A Salvage Division, formed within the Department of National War Services in January 1941, organized a national campaign to set up local committees in all the towns and cities and all the industries in the country. They publicized collection drives and coordinated local efforts with those of the scrap industry and other recovery industries. A multitude of posters were created and distributed to encourage the salvage of re-usable materials.
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