"I'm strictly an ivory-tower person. I can explain things but I can't do things."
You can readily judge a society by the objects that are commonplace among its people. In this near future America (as seen in 1975), recycling is part of the culture.
Smelters use a great deal of energy; in the non-sf world, a "small" smelter is one that takes the material from just one mine.
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'Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...'
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'How can you compete with an IBM heavy-duty logomatic analogue?'
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