Recycling News

Some categories of plastic are not recyclable - temporarily, we hope!

#1 plastic clamshellsFIRST THE GREEN FENCE, NOW THE NATIONAL SWORD

Remember four years ago when the Chinese “Green Fence” was put up? It was a virtual wall constructed to prevent mixed and contaminated recyclable materials from entering China. For many years, China has been the world’s biggest buyer of recyclable materials – no other country comes close. This “fence” radically changed what we were able to recycle in our community. Without a place to send mixed ‘rigid’ #6 and #7 plastic for recycling, CARTM had to stop collecting it.

Fast forward to February 2017, when China announced “The National Sword.” The government no longer wants to import used packaging. Although CARTM customers rigorously sort their recycling to prevent contamination, we are affected again. After October 1, CARTM can no longer accept the following packaging: #1 clamshells, #4 and #5 plastic, and plastic caps and lids. Other materials may be affected in the future.

Traditionally conscious consumers have trained themselves to look for containers with the #4 or #5 labels on packaging of yogurt, sour cream, crumbled cheeses, salsas and prepackaged grab and go food items in. These buying decisions were often made knowing that the packaging could be recycled. Not anymore. Until a new market opens – and we are searching for one –  these items must be landfilled.

Tillamook County’s mobile recycling trailer, which travels around the county collecting recycling, will also stop accepting these items.

“Because we can’t guarantee that these materials have a way to be recycled, we can’t in good conscience continue to collect them,” said CARTM’s executive director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “We will stockpile the clamshells, #4s, #5s and caps we that come in September, hoping for another market to open up. Unfortunately, after October 1 they will have go to the landfill and that is the opposite of our mission. It breaks my heart.”

This latest blow to the recycling world means that consumers have an opportunity to make their voices heard by contacting the companies whose products they enjoy and regularly purchase.

“It is time to put pressure on the manufacturers to take responsibility for the packaging they create,” said Karen. “If we don’t, they will continue to use materials that are not recyclable. Government has a role to play in product stewardship as well. This could be a moment in time where we could affect change in a big way.”

“In addition, consumers can go back to buying whole produce rather than bagged or packaged produce to minimize waste. Of course we regret the inconvenience this may cause to CARTM users, and we look forward to the discussions the “National Sword” will stimulate.”

CARTM will continue to accept plastics that do have a recyclable value. Those are: #2 frosty milk jugs, #1 bottles, #2 colored bottles and 10¢ deposit soda and water bottles.

CARTM Overflows with Stuff! Pausing to Unclog…

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CARTM knew this day would come, but never imagined it would need to be at the beginning of the busy summer season. “We’ve run out of room!” said CARTM’s Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “Our community has been so generous, donating their reusable items that we have no space left to process anything else – for now. We moved a ton of wonderful stuff at our sidewalk sale in May, but the building is full again already! We must overhaul our donations building and processing systems now or we will burst at the seams.”

Beginning July 7, CARTM’s donations building will be closed for six weeks to undergo a much-needed renovation and systems upgrade. The recycling line, trash station and The Refindery will remain open, as usual, Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the overhaul.

“We realize that summer is the time people really go through their “stuff” and decide what to donate to CARTM to support our operations,” Karen continued. “Knowing this closure will impact people with large items, we will continue to accept a few categories of reusable items so our community can keep making space in their garages and homes.”

During the building closure, CARTM will accept ONLY: FURNITURE that is clean and immediately reusable (no pressboard, no entertainment centers or TV stands, mattresses or box springs); BOOKS (these are easy to process and sell quickly); and ELECTRONICS (computers, TVs, printers, keyboards, DVD/CD players, mice and peripherals).

“While we are paused next month, we encourage everyone to evaluate their discards. Consider dropping non-working small appliances in the metals recycling bin. Items that are chipped or broken, such as dishes, ceramic lamps or decorative items can be recycled in the rubble bin,” explained Karen. “If you’ve never thrown something into the rubble bin, it can be very therapeutic….”

CARTM counts on donations of reusable items to help fund its operations. “The community has come to count on our services and is so very generous in supporting CARTM. We are still a very lean operation for the tremendous amount of recycled and donated materials our staff processes weekly,” said Karen. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the staff to clean or repair donations, so we count on clean reusable items that are immediately resalable in The Refinery.”

Karen shared that part of the reason for the clog in the donations building is that items that actually belong in the trash or recycle bin are instead donated. “Most of our donors are very careful about what they bring to us for reuse. Even with that kind of careful attention, we typically have to send 3/4 to 2 tons of what comes in as “donations” to the landfill every month at CARTM’s expense. This costly expense hurts our budget and in the end it erodes our mission.”

CARTM’s Box Truck program is a very efficient way to donate reusable items for The Refindery. “For $20-$35 the truck will come to your home, assess your donations and pick up useful items,” said Karen. “The Box Truck is also an easy way to have Refindery purchases delivered right to your door for the same minimum charge.” A small additional fee is assessed beyond a 10-mile radius of CARTM.

“We respect and appreciate our community’s partnership in CARTM’s operation. It is what makes us a strong, sustainable local non-profit. I know the community is proud of CARTM, because they regularly tell me so,” Karen shared.

CARTM is proudly celebrating 20 years of operations in north Tillamook County.

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Pick-Up and Delivery Service

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Let us “CART” your items so you don’t have to!

CARTM will pick up a single item or the entire contents of your home or business – even remnants from your garage sale. We happily accept clean, reusable items for resale and will provide a donation receipt.

CARTM staff loads an unwieldy item for reuse

CARTM staff and friends load an unwieldy item for reuse

Pick-Up Service: Friendly staff will come to your location – free of charge – to assess the item(s) to be donated, and to schedule a date for pick-up, typically the following Wednesday. Need us sooner? We can schedule a different day for an additional charge.

We Deliver!  Feel free to purchase oversized items from The Refindery – our friendly staff will bring it to you. Our usual delivery day is Wednesday. Need it sooner? We can deliver on other days for an additional charge.

Fees for Pick-Up and Delivery:

Basic Rates (weekly on Wednesday):

  • Small loads requiring 1 staff   $20 within 10-mile radius
  • Loads requiring 2 staff            $35 within 10-mile radius

Special Rates (other dates scheduled)

  • Small loads requiring 1 staff   $40 within 10-mile radius
  • Loads requiring 2 staff            $70 within 10-mile radius

Rates include 30 minutes of staff time. Additional time billed hourly at $20/man-hour. Outside 10-mile radius, add $1/mile.

To schedule, call to 503.368.7764, email info@cartm.org or ask our friendly staff

small-BoxTruck-066-BrokenBanjoNote: we cannot pick up recycling or waste (trash), clothing; baby equipment; mattresses; fluorescent tubes or fixtures with ballasts;* woodstoves without certification; hazardous waste* of any kind, including liquids, cleaning supplies, solvents, chemicals; anything explosive including firearms and ammunition; unsafe items, including asbestos-containing materials.

*May be accepted at the Tillamook County Hazardous Waste facility in Tillamook. More info at: www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/solidwaste/hazardouswaste.htm

Photo credits this page: Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography

2016 Trashion Show

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Hearty Trashionistas are already at work with hot glue, duct tape and thread, preparing wearable trash for the gala event of the year.

The Trashion fashion runway show takes place September 24 at 7 pm in the newly renovated NCRD Theater in Nehalem, followed by the Upcycle dance party upstairs. The party features music by DJ Yerstruly, delicious bites from The Bleu Eyed Baker, beer, wine and other beverages.

Tickets are just $25 in advance, available at CARTM Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4, and at Creative Fabrics in Wheeler (thanks, Doris!) Tickets at the door are $30, if available. Be sure to get tickets early – this show always sells out!

This fundraiser for CARTM is possible because of the interest and support of our community partners, Recology Western Oregon, Oregon Coast Cannabis and Summit Funding, LLC.

Mary Belisle wears her 2015 creation made from newspaper, Solo cups and a holiday wreath. Photo by Stewart Martin.

Trash Art Show

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CARTM’s 18th Annual Trash Art Show is set to open with a ticketed ‘Party with the Artists’ event Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at the North Coast Recreation District (NCRD) Gallery. Don’t miss this signature spring fundraiser! Tickets are $25, available at the CARTM cashier Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4, or via email to trashartshow@cartm.org. Your ticket supports CARTM’s effort to inspire creative reuse, and gives you first crack at the most inventive art on the coast! Delicious nibbles from the Bleu Eyed Baker and scintillating beverages round out the evening’s event.

Can’t make it to the opening party? Never fear – the show is open to the public from 10 to 4 on Saturday, May 14 and from 10 to 1 on Sunday the 15th, free admission.

Calling all artists working with recycled/repurposed materials: We want your art! Submit up to 3 pieces, labeled and ready to hang on Wednesday, May 11 between 2 and 6 pm. All work should be made from recycled or repurposed materials, be able to fit through a standard door, and be for sale (50/50 split with the artist.)

Celebrate – with wild abandon – the creative spirit in old used materials!

The Refindery

The Refindery at CARTM has a new entry!

CARTM’s Refindery re-inspires community to re-think and re-use

“When people ask me what The Refindery is like,” said Mark Beach, past chairman of the CARTM Board, “I’ll just have to tell them to go see it for themselves—words can not describe this colorful endeavor.”

The curious community shows up every wet, rainy, windy day to be the first through the new entrance of The Refindery. They are finding the bargains and treasures they come to CARTM for and stay much longer than they plan.

Ginger Salkowski of Re-evolution Gardens was one of the many people from the community at the grand opening in 2013. She arrived with dozens of her hearty one gallon tomato plant starts and donated them CARTM to sell at the opening.

“I brought my entire farming crew to the opening as a field trip,” said Salkowski. “The CARTM team did an amazing job—such a cool transformation!”

The positive comments about the displays, the lighting fixtures, the creativity and the details—the hundreds of details—could not be taken in with one sweep of the eye.

“We wanted to create a place where people could come and get inspired about creative re-use,” said Jan Hamilton, CARTM’s former executive director. “The comments I am overhearing from customers in the new store are exactly that—again and again. I think we have a hit on our hands.”

Hamilton could not say enough about the team effort of her staff and dozens of community volunteers who came together to build the vision that the design team of Barrentine Design put on paper.

“Building things from scrap and used materials is a whole different process than purchasing new hardware and dimensional lumber,” said Hamilton. “The people from our community who built The Refindery are flexible, creative, team players who saw the vision and made it real.”

“Our new entry sign is yet another example of creative re-use.” said Hamilton.

Along with the one-of-a-kind donor wall in the lobby of the new store, one of the features of The Refindery is a dedicated 240 square foot year-round Trash Art Gallery. About eleven local artists are represented regularly. 50% of the proceeds of work sold in the Trash Art Gallery are donated to CARTM.

CARTM and The Refindery are open Thursday – Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (summer hours) and Thursday to Sunday (winter hours). CARTM and The Refindery are located at 34995 Necarney City Road in Manzanita. CARTM offers a unique trio of services: recycling (over 40 items for free), transfer station (trash) and reuse store—The Refindery. CARTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by donations from the community.

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More details about The Refindery here.

Re-thinking Waste

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Almost everything created in this world can become something new many times before it is discarded forever.

CARTM Recycling promotes sustainable living and artistic expression through the creative re-use of materials. We collect our community’s ‘discards’ and sort it into reusable items, recyclable materials and finally, trash. We make the good stuff available to become new again — as art, as building materials or furniture and as raw materials for new packaging.

 

A Zero Waste Community

After the 2010 Trash Bash the only piece of unrecyclable trash was this potato chip bag! More than 1,000 people attended.

After the 2010 Trash Bash the only piece of unrecyclable trash was this potato chip bag! More than 1,000 people attended.

As a community we take responsibility for the waste we generate.

Visionary neighbors created CARTM in 1996 to handle the solid waste we generate as locally as possible so that as a community we take responsibility for what we produce and introduce in our region. We continue to work conscientiously to reduce waste.

CARTM taps deeply into the need to do something creative and positive about the waste generated in our own neighborhood; therefore support for CARTM crosses traditional boundaries. Tillamook County provides space for our facilities and Master Gardeners volunteer to manage our landscaping. Local businesses contribute money for operations and bring cans, bottles, cardboard, paper and construction materials for volunteers to bundle for recycling. Residents bring out-of-town guests to shop in the re-use store while they recycle household waste, and Nehalem Bay State Park campers and coast tourists wander in to see what we’re about. Local artists lead and attend our famed Trash Art Workshops and show their creations at the annual Trash Art Show. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality permits our operations. The City of Manzanita approved our site plans in 1998 and 2007. Our local city governments are very supportive of CARTM’s mission, and consider us a local gem.

It is important to us to include everyone to achieve success. Every CARTM program is open without bias to all members of our community — residents, second homeowners and visitors. We do not track the age, ethnic, disability, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status of our staff, volunteers or customers. We each can contribute to sustainability!