15 Nov '11, 12pm

Fact o' the Day: The first curbside recycling program was in France in 1884! See the #infographic:

Fact o' the Day: The first curbside recycling program was in France in 1884! See the #infographic:

Recycling has been around in one form or another for centuries, but what do you really know about it? Archaeologists have found evidence of recycling that took place around or perhaps earlier than 400 B.C. Recycling has developed in many ways since then, however, some of the most significant changes have taken place just in the past couple hundred years or so, due to some major historical events. Industrial Revolution Era Recycling was surprisingly routine prior to the Industrial Revolution. Mass production was far from the norm, which meant it was cheaper to reuse your materials than to buy new ones. However, in the late 1800s and early 1900s recycling waned as the Industrial Revolution made its way across the globe. The introduction of machine-based manufacturing dropped production costs significantly, and allowed many companies to mass-produce their materials for the fi...

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