Recycling and re-using was a huge part of life during World War II, we could certainly learn a lot from back them. One particular drive the government pushed through was the salvaging of metals, especially aluminium, which could be used for their potential in the aircraft industry.
This is a typical sacrifice that many people are making in town
In some towns around the country you may even notice where old iron railings once stood. These were removed for the same purpose.
This article featured in the Bromley & District Times on 26th July 1940 (page 5)
Two more days for Pots and Pans
Lord Beaverwood, Minitster of Aircraft Production, issued a statement on Monday night to the effect that the collection of aluminuim for aircraft will close on July 27 (to-morrow).
He expressed his gratitude to the fine-spirited, the kind-hearted, the patriotic members of the public who had given their pots and pans, adding “The contributions have been immense. The generosity shown us, the consideration given us, has been heartening to a degree. The response has been a real encouragement to us.”
But the needs are growing all the time, and Lord Beaverwood stated that he would ask on another occasion for the aluminium which is still available in the country.
During the week people in Bromley have been hurrying up with their pots and pans to the aluminuim depot at the Congregational Lecture Hall in Widmore Road.
A respresentative of the Kentish Times who called on Wednesday saw baskets of aluminium outside the hall waiting to be collected.
Five lorry loads have been sent away already, and there is likely to the another lorry load before the closing day.
Copper and Brass depot still Open
The copper and brass depot in High Street (No. 181) is remaining open for the reception of these metals. A lorry load was sent off on Wednesday morning. Large quantities of copper and brass ware continue to come in, and the receptacle set apart for old razor blades is well filled.
A Kentish Times representative made a call at the depot on Wednesday morning, and while he was there a lady came in with a number of articles, and also handed over a bag of old coins, pennies, halfpennies and farthings – £2 worth in all.
This is a typical sacrifice that many people are making in town.
Featured in the Bromley and Kentish Times on 26th July 1940 (page 7)