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.

CHRISTMAS FOR COHO

CARTM is happily accepting Christmas trees, free of decoration and unflocked, for FREE through Sunday,  January 11. This year, these trees will help restore the watershed for salmon! Here’s a link to a news broadcast that describes the tree program: Coho Sanctuary Christmas Tree Donation Program in Seaside, Oregon with Byren Thompson – YouTube

CARTM is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4. After January 11, the normal fee ($12/cu yd) will apply for tree disposal.

Thanks to Tillamook County Solid Waste for encouraging CARTM customers to participate in this FREE conservation project!

Christmas for Coho photo

And We’re Off! CARTM Receives First Car Donation

Deb, Carl, Karen,Keys

Carl and Deb Vandervoort hand over the keys to their Volvo which they are donating to CARTM’s car donation program. Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka couldn’t be happier.

It was a big day for CARTM when Deb and Carl Vandervoort, signed over the title and handed the keys to their beloved Volvo station wagon to Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka.  “We loved this vehicle for a very long time and it has been a big part of our lives,” said Deb Vandervoort, “but we just couldn’t keep up with the repairs so we decided it was time to donate it to CARTM.  It was so easy!”

Karen and loaded volvo

Karen says “donate your car to CARTM. It’s reuse in action!”

When Deb and Carl made the decision to donate their car, they simply called The Center for Car Donations who took care of all the logistics.  They sent a tow truck to Scovell’s parking lot, loaded the car, Deb & Carl signed the title over to CARM and handed over the keys.  The Vandervoorts get a tax write-off and CARTM gets cash for the car when it sells.  For more information about how to donate your car or truck, running or not, visit:  Center for Car Donations

You can also donate your motorcycle, boat, jetski or RV, but they must be in running condition.

Ready to clear out your garage, driveway or storage unit?  Donate your vehicle to CARTM—just like Deb & Carl Vandervoort, you’ll be glad you did!

CALL FOR ART: 16th Annual Trash Art Show

On your mark, get set GO start making Trash Ar

The show that started a local movement 16 years ago returns to CARTM and we want you and your art in this show!  This will be a magical year for our own local brand of art-proving that ideas are constantly shifting.  The 2014 Trash Art Show will be held in the Trash Art Gallery in our own Refindery.  Hmmmmm….you’re saying to yourself, how will they fit all that art into that tiny space?   Click here for details…

2nd Annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party Raises over $6,000 for CARTM

Doris Bash at Trashion Show Rehearsal.

The lights dimmed, the curtains rose, the L.O.V.E. lights shown and 22 models walked the runway displaying their wearable creations all made with materials destined for the landfill.

CARTM’s second annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party was the place to be on October 12, 2013 at NCRD is Nehalem.  The capacity crowd was treated to great music, fantastic creativity, humor and talent on the runway.
These links will take you to photos of the pre-show dressing rooms, the Trashion runway show and the Upcycle after party.
****All of these great photos are the work of LeeAnn Neal.
The event raised over $6,000 for CARTM.
And, oh yes, the raffle winners!  Two locals were the big winners:  Barbara Rippey won the Staycation and Jane Wannell won the VINO Private Party for 8.  Congratulations to all and thanks to everyone who took a chance to win.
When CARTM wins, we all win!   Thanks for doing your part to help lead our community to Zero Waste.

Free Trashion Workshops To Get You Ready For The Show

Trashionista Extraordinaire Kathleen Ryan will help you make a fabulous outfit for the show or to wear to the party!
If you have ever had dreams of making an outfit for CARTM’s annual Trashion Show but don’t know where to start—start here!
FREE WORKSHOP This Saturday with Trashionista Glamourista—Kathleen Ryan Saturday, September 21, 10 am – 4 pm
HOFFMAN HOUSE STUDIOS (next door to the Manzanita LIbrary)
Bring inspiring materials to work with and Kathleen will have some on hand, along with sewing machine, sewing know-how and great ideas to help create the trashion outfit of your dreams.
Can’t make it Saturday?  Two more dates are scheduled to get some help, ideas and finish your creation….
Doris Bash of Creative Fabrics and Trashionista Extraordinaire, will have her backroom open on two dates, September 28 and October 5, for those needing sewing machines, problem solving and inspiration.
Mary is looking for a few more models this year for the show on October 12, 2013.   And remember!  this is an equal opportunity show…come on Men! Strut your stuff!
For more information, contact Mary Moran, moranmem@gmail.com

2nd Annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party

     We can’t wait to see what our effervescent narrator Aina Tonjes will be wearing this year!

Save The Date!

2nd Annual Trashion Show/Upcycle Party
October 12, 2013
NCRD Auditorium/Gymnasium
36155 9th Street in Nehalem
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Tickets On Sale NOW! At the Following Locations:
CARTM Refindery Cashier
T-Spot in Manzanita
Wisteria Chic in Manzanita
Manzanita News — guess where? — in Manzanita
The Beehive in Nehalem
Creative Fabrics in Wheeler
Only 180 tickets will be sold!!
Those trashionistas are getting out their sewing machines and making amazing new creations for this year’s beloved Trashion Show/Upcycle Party.   Come and see the live runway show.  Every seat in the auditorium is a good one, but plan to come early as seats are first come, first served.   These one-of-a-kind outfits may just inspire you to be in the show in 2014!
After the Trashion Show head upstairs to the Upcycle Party.  DJ Jeff James will be spinning a great dance mix and there will be plenty of yummies and drinkies to enjoy!
Winners of this year’s Re-think Raffle will be drawn at this event—always an exciting moment!
Ticket price includes admission to the Trashion Show and the Upcycle Party.

We’ve Just Launched Our 3rd Annual “Re-Think” Eco-Raffle

First prize and second prize just isn’t the right way to describe this year’s top two prizes for CARTM’s annual Re-think Raffle as they both hold top billing appeal.  Tickets are on sale now at CARTM for this year’s effort to support north county’s award-winning recycling facility.  Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and offer the opportunity to win one of three prizes.
Holder of the first ticket drawn will have their choice of the top two prizes:  a Manzanita staycation ($600 value) or a private party for eight at VINO/Manzanita ($500 value).  The staycation offers two nights at the pet friendly Studio/Lighthouse on the oceanfront in Manzanita.  Along with two nights of lodging, the Staycation includes dinners for two at Terra Cotta and the Big Wave, breakfast or lunch at Bread and Ocean and a massage at Longevity.  The private party for eight at VINO is offered during the month of January 2014 and includes dinner, wine, live music, gratuity and the private ambiance of this local wine bar for the eight lucky winners.
The third prize, valued at $250 is a “Recycling PhD.”   This unique prize includes an in-home consultation by CARTM staff to design a recycling set-up to fit the space and lifestyle of the winner.  New recycling bins, a home composter and a $50 gift certificate to The Refindery round out the prize.
The winning tickets will be drawn at this year’s 2nd annual CARTM Trashion Show/Upcycle Party on Saturday, October 12 at NCRD.   To purchase raffle tickets visit CARTM during open hours:  Thursday – Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 34995 Necarney City Road in Manzanita.  Or for more information call 503-368-7764 or www.cartm.org.

CARTM accepting applications for employment!

April 27, 2013

CARTM is seeking a passionate, energetic, person with a positive attitude to join our team! Must have good organizational and communication skills and be prepared to work hard and get dirty. If this describes you, and you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get the job done, pick up an application at the cash register at CARTM. Download the detailed job description here. For more information contact Jan at 368-7764 or email jkh@cartm.org

Job Title:  Recycling Attendant
Pay Range: starts at $10.79 per hour
Hire date:   May 8th  

Knowledge required: Basic knowledge of recycling and environmental issues; basic knowledge of volumes and general mathematics required, basic computer competence helpful; basic knowledge of tools, hardware, and construction materials helpful.

Skills: Good communication skills; excellence in customer service and good organizational skills required. Maintenance related skills a real plus. (May consider a “maintenance only” part time job for the right person)

Abilities: Must be able to lift 40lbs.; willing and able to learn and be certified to operate forklift; able to operate hand tools (shovels, rakes, etc.); have good command of English language; be willing and able to learn to operate baling machine and backhoe; willing and able to learn to operate cash register and perform basic accounting tasks; able to stay on task through distractions.

Experience:  Prefer direct customer service experience in any service related industry. Familiarity with re-use/ resale (including household goods, hardware, appliances, electronics, power tools, small engines and construction materials) is a real plus.

Responsibilities include: thrift store sales clerk, including operating a cash register; providing customer service and education; diverting recyclables from the waste stream; organizing and maintaining re-use sales areas; monitoring recycling reception; monitoring loads and estimating trash charges; evaluating and pricing incoming donations; baling recyclables and loading 1,000 lb. bales into trailers; processing and sorting recyclables; and keeping warehouse work area safe and clear of hazards.

Other: Prefer enthusiastic, high-energy person who is passionate about recycling. CARTM will happily train an inexperienced but passionate person with right “can do” attitude (including operation of large machinery, etc.). Safety consciousness is a must. Spanish language is a plus.

Estuary Cleanup March 2nd

CARTM Joins Nehalem Estuary Clean-up

PRESENTED BY:
Lower Nehalem Community Trust
Lower Nehalem Watershed Council
CARTM

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Meet at Tsunami Grill (Upstairs), 7:30 a.m.
Evening chili feed follows for all participants at 6:00 p.m.

The 8th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Clean-up is Saturday March 2nd.  Get outside and volunteer to help keep the estuary beautiful, clean and healthy.  This family-friendly event takes place rain or shine and attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear waterproof boots and work gloves.  Gather for orientation at 7:30 a.m. upstairs in Tsunami Grill.  Bring drinking water and a sack lunch and get ready to enjoy comraderie, getting the know the estuary from an “on-the-ground” perspective and meet new friends.  The day ends with the famous chili feed for all participants at 6:00 p.m.   Along with the chili feed, Estuary Clean-Up volunteers receive a t-shirt—choose the 2013 design or select from collectible vintage t-shirts of past clean-ups.  For more information call 503-368-3203 or lnct@nehalemtrust.org.

Download and share the flyer with friends!

Volunteer Appreciation Event Illuminates Inspiring Tale of Art from Trash & the Human Spirit

On November 27, 2012, over 40 of CARTM’s one hundred-plus 2012 volunteers, attended the complimentary screening of “Waste Land“—the award-winning film and fascinating story of recycling workers in Rio de Janeiro who intersect with artist Vik Muniz who travels from his home base of Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump to make art.

The CARTM Board of Directors hosted and chose the film to underscore the potential of recycling and the spirit of human beings everywhere to re-use, re-purpose and create from what was considered discards.

Our hats off to our volunteers who helped in operations, three new events and special projects for CARTM in 2012.

Zero Heroes

Zero Heroes pride themselves on the tiny amount of trash they generate.

CARTM Executive Deirctor, Jan Hamilton, and "Zero Hero" Abby Spotskey

Jan Hamilton, CARTM Executive Director, hands Abby Spotskey, Nehalem Zero Hero, a biodegradable bag which will hold $3 worth of trash. Photo by Lorraine Ortiz.

Manzanita—Many in the Nehalem Bay Community pride themselves on the tiny amount of household trash they generate each week—and most have been recycling for 25 years or more.

These people are called “Zero Heroes” by the staff at CARTM because they practice principles that help further their mission of leading the community to zero waste.

“Our Zero Heroes arrive at CARTM with tiny bags of trash,” said CARTM’s director Jan Hamilton.  “We love knowing those households are generating less and less trash.  We even created a special measuring device just for them that would assess trash fees down to twenty-five cents.”

CARTM’s effort has been to reward people for doing the right thing—that is by making recycling free and charging for trash. CARTM relies on revenue from trash to help offset the costs associated with recycling. This model is literally putting CARTM out of business.   By encouraging the community to do the right thing for the environment, people are bringing in less and less trash and more and more recycling resulting in overhead and expenses remaining steady to keep the service alive, as the income continues to decrease.

Historically, CARTM has prided itself on operating without imposing a minimum fee for trash, (the other two transfer stations in Tillamook County charge a $17 minimum) but driven by the steep downward trend in trash revenues, beginning June 1, CARTM instituted the first ever $3 minimum fee for dumping trash.

“We are so proud of our zero heros, and their tiny bags of trash,” said Hamilton.  “It is the norm for transfer stations to charge a minimum but the idea of a minimum at CARTM is taking some getting used to by our community,” said Hamilton.

Sharon Daye of Nehalem has been recycling for over 25 years and at age 76 appreciated being able to bring her small amounts of trash to CARTM each week, both for the economy and so she wouldn’t have to lift heavy loads.

“I recycle everything I possibly can,” said Daye.  “I’ve been coming to CARTM for 11 years and have seen it improve 100% over the years.  I’ve just returned from a trip back east and they have nothing like CARTM—we are way ahead of them.”

Daye says that even with the new minimum, she has no intention of going to curbside garbage because of the high monthly charge.

“I’m going to have to change the way I do things.  I’ll probably get a garbage can to put my smaller bags in to take to CARTM.  $3 per bag isn’t that much to pay.”

Other Zero Heroes, like Jim and Bonnie Johnson and Steve and Sherri Davis of Nehalem, also recycle or compost everything they can and also take small amounts of trash to CARTM.

The Davis’s, who relocated from Battleground, Washington, said that they have never found another organization to compare to CARTM’s services or having the convenience of the resale store so close by to purchase household items and fittings for projects.

The Johnsons said that although they would typically bring in twenty-five cent bags of trash they would always donate more than that on their periodic trips to CARTM and underscored that CARTM “is a great service.”

Other, more shy Zero Heroes who did not want their names used in the press, said that the $3 minimum is making them up the ante on their already strong recycling habits.

CARTM is offering a free biodegradable bag in exchange for one that when filled is worth $3 of trash. These bags, unlike regular plastic bags that take  hundreds or up to a 1000 years to decompose, will decompose in a landfill in 12 -24 months.  The bags are a trial study to see if they are sturdy enough to not rip or tear in transport.

CARTM’s staff is reporting that some people are already changing their habits and many are using the new $3 bags.

“We trust our community to come up with innovative household systems and strategies in response to recycling technology and industry changes,” said Hamilton. “We’re watching for innovative systems people have created, and passing along that information to our other customers. We are always looking to our community to help us learn, grow and change for the better.”

Larry Kizer of Neahkahnie doesn’t like to see a minimum as he feels it detracts from CARTM’s zero waste mission, but he understands the reason for it and the need for it.

“I like the idea of the $3 bag of trash—it’s a great idea,” said Kizer.  “I am a CARTM regular and recycle at least three times a month.”

Other shy Zero Heroes talked about the problem of having food waste attracting pests in residential areas and hope that CARTM begins a composting program to deal with this issue.

“CARTM is continuing to listen to our customers and to work with these issues,” said Hamilton.  “Having to create a $3 minimum was in direct response to our community being such great recyclers.  It seems counter intuitive to institute a minimum—but the fact is trash is one of our revenue streams and in order for CARTM to continue to grow and thrive as the great service our community counts on we have to watch that bottom line.”

“Our Zero Heroes are our inspiration—and Zero Waste is the ultimate bottom line.”

Over 809 Tons Recycled in 2011

Newspaper trailer at CARTM.

Newspaper trailer at CARTM.

CARTM collected over 809 tons of recyclable materials in 2011 — that’s a 15% increase over 2010!

CARTM shipped 290.3 tons of solid waste to the landfill in 2011—3% less than in 2010. North County citizens and visitors diverted 809.6 tons of material from the landfill in 2011 for recycling at CARTM—a 15% increase over 2010 (excluding wood and construction debris which CARTM subcontracted in 2010). Download the 2011 Annual Report for a complete breakdown of what we took in and what we spent last year.