15 World War II Posters: America Recycles for War

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 15, 2014

15 Slides

While most of us think of recycling as important today, during World War II it was critical to the Allied war effort. The American and Canadian governments created a series of propaganda posters to encourage citizens to recycle tin, scrap, paper, rubber and food waste, among other materials. The posters stand as a historical record of the key role recycling and material conservation played in fighting that war.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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