Manzanita Transfer Station Closes

CARTM, no longer operates the Manzanita transfer station owned by Tillamook County. We urge you to take your solid waste and recycling to CARTM’s former location when County employees reopen it in mid-January 2019. To learn about service dates and hours, please call 503 368-7764 or visit http://www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/SolidWaste/Default.htm.

Thank you for supporting CARTM during the 20 years we operated the transfer station. Please check this site to learn how we plan to continue inspiring our community reduce waste. If you have questions or suggestions about our situation or future and wanted added to our contact list, please call our new phone number, 503-812-4901 or email info@cartm.org.

ReHomed Art Show & Sale May 18-20

rehomedartshow-graphic-SMAre you in need of some great art?  Or, do you have art that doesn’t fit your decor any more? CARTM is here for you!

Instead of soliciting new artworks made from repurposed materials for our Trash Art Show, this year we are finding new homes for quality already-made-art.  Sales of donated art support our recycling and reuse programs.

There are three ways you can support CARTM and this event:

1. Donate your ‘pre-owned’ framed, ready to hang original paintings and collage, signed artist prints, ceramics and sculpture. No photographs, please! Volunteers will be on hand at CARTM on May 6 and 13 from 10 to 4, and at the Pine Grove Community House on May 17 from 2 to 5 to accept your donations. Commissions will be considered for high-value pieces.

2. Buy a ticket to the Opening Party on May 18 from 5 to 8 pm, at the Pine Grove.  In addition to delicious bites from Julie Barker at Buttercup, wine, beer and other beverages, you have first ‘dibs’ on the artwork!  Tickets are $30, available now at the CARTM cashier and from your friendly CARTM board members.

3. Come to the show Saturday, May 19 from 10 to 5, or Sunday, May 20 from 10 to 3, and choose from a wide variety of artworks in all price ranges. Proceeds from art sales will be shared with the Pine Grove Community House in support of its community-oriented mission!

Many thanks to Starfish Vacation Rentals and Dave Leach & Hans Tonjes, brokers at Living Room Realty, without whose support we could not produce this event.

Questions?? email info@cartm.org

Recycling News

#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.

Re-thinking Waste

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!