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Recycling is not only good for the environment, it can also be good for the country! Saving metal, paper, rubber and other materials was considered a patriotic duty for Canadian families during the Second World War, when scarce resources were needed for building ships, planes, armaments and other war supplies. Everyone recycled tin cans, bottle caps, aluminum foil, paper, old rubber tires and more, and kids went door-to-door collecting scrap paper and metal to support the war effort.

Use our thought-provoking display of wartime-era posters and films related to recycling to spark a discussion with your children about the challenges and benefits of waste diversion. Make take-home crafts out of reclaimed materials. At 2 p.m., enjoy a fun, interactive performance by Junkyard Symphony, who play instruments made out of salvaged material as they sing about reducing, reusing and recycling.

This program is part of the Awesome Sundays series, presented by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. Awesome activities for the whole family on the last Sunday of every month!

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