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Sense of crisis needed to prompt people into recycling more, says new research

A sense of crisis is needed to ensure recycling efforts are successful, according to a report carried in the journal Historical Research published by academic press Blackwell. The report looks at waste disposal from the 1800s to the modern day and argues that during the first and second World Wars recycling efforts challenged the throw away society. A sense of thrift and patriotism buoyed waste minimisation and re-use and the report quotes The Scotsman describing in 1940 recycling as ...