Recycling is nothing new for Portsmouth residents

Items that were recycled in Portsmouth to support the war effort
Items that were recycled in Portsmouth to support the war effort
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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With the centenary of the First World War this year there are bound to be thousands of column inches written and photographs published from all sources and this week’s column is playing its part.

I am writing today about the streets of Portsmouth which lost so many of their residents to the war.

Today you will undoubtedly have a couple, if not more, bins so that you can save different materials for recycling.

My personal opinion is that rubbish is rubbish but that is me.

However, as I have said before, there is nothing new in the world and here we see a display of rubbish sorted for recycling during the First World War in Portsmouth.

Broken glass, cork, leather, rags, concrete in fact everything is shown that can be re-used at sometime or other to help support the nation’s war effort.

The same idea came again during the Second World war but disappeared until, about ten years ago when everyone was encouraged to recycle again.