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Reuse Centers: Ways to Optimize Partnerships Series – Reuse Contests – by Sara Badiali

Reuse Contests is the first of in a series of five articles about partnership optimization for the building material reuse community. 


Reuse Centers: Ways to Optimize Partnerships Series

One of the benefits of starting the Reclamation Administration is that I get to see how reuse centers optimize partnerships within the community.

Like churches or pubs, reuse centers can be a pivotal gathering place. If done well, the physical detritus of the community flows through a reuse center. Neighbors stop and talk with each other over finds and projects, suggestions are made and advice is given. I’ve seen reuse centers inspire creativity that transcend individual projects and develop into community initiatives.  Material with history motivates people to collaborate and build both projects and relationships.


Reuse Contests

Reuse Contests are growing in popularity.  Over the years some contests have developed from community gatherings into grand events.  Entire galas have grown out of simple DIY challenges.  Nothing gets the competitive juices flowing like media coverage and a party.

The Post-Gazette and Construction Junction joined forces and created the Reuse Inspiration Contest. People sent in photos of their home renovation projects and three won tickets to the Big Pour, a beer festival sponsored by a brewery in Pittsburg.  The reuse center Construction Junction, the Post-Gazette and the brewery attracted lots of publicity but also provided the community with inspiration in creative reuse.

Other events like these include catwalks complete with fashions made from recycled materials.  CART’M, a reuse and recycling center on the Oregon coast, presents the TRASHION show every year to a sold out crowd of hundreds.

These contests have expanded into categories from structures that are integrated into buildings, to fine art displayed in local galleries. A community in Arizona established a yearly event called The Big Heap, complete with reuse categories and a market. The festival is so big now that it is a music venue for national bands and is covered by HGTV.  Reuse contests are an effective platform for jumping off into greater reuse possibilities.


Next Up: Curriculum Design

The Reclamation Administration is a great databank for reuse centers collaborative partnerships.  There are a few that stand out as particularly successful models.  Partnerships are an excellent way to get exposure, marketing, materials, and revenue, while supporting the local community.

Stay tuned for the next article in the series on partnering with educational institutions to create reuse curriculum.

What a load of rubbish – Coast Culture – Oregon Coast Today

Who can forget Julie “Fig” Yanko’s trashion made from badminton shuttlecocks, drapery fringe and upcycled sheepskin fleece? • Photo by LeeAnn Neal

The famed event celebrates the art of turning waste materials into wearable “trashion,” showcasing the myriad ways local designers use their imaginations to transform trash into couture.

“We turn the NCRD Auditorium into our version of a New York-style runway show,” said CARTM Executive Director Karen Reddick-Yurka. “The amount of creativity on our local runway blows any New York designer out of the waste stream.”

For tickets and more information, call 503-368-7764.

via What a load of rubbish – Coast Culture – Oregon Coast Today.

Seeking Inspired Art Made With Recycled/Repurposed Materials – CARTM


Seeking Inspired Art Made With Recycled/Repurposed Materials

17th Annual Trash Art Show, May 1-3, 2015 at the NCRD Gallery

Ticketed Opening (with the artists) Friday, May 1, 5-8 pm

Open to the public May 2, 10 am to 4 pm, and May 3, 10 am to 1 pm

ART INTAKE DATE:  April 29, 1 – 5 pm


Maggie Rudy’s 100% trash sturgeon.

Nehalem, Manzanita, Wheeler, North Coast, SW Washington, Portland, etc.

It’s never too soon to start. Get out your cool junk—it’s time to make trash art. CARTMs annual Trash Art Show is all about working with that irresistibly interesting stuff you’ve been collecting and wanting to create something with.

All the rules are made to be broken when creating trash art. From beautiful mosaics made from broken dishes, to kinetic sculpture created with broken lawn mower parts to—everything is fair game.

The Trash Art Show is a unique local tradition and creative fundraiser for CARTM. This year’s event, our seventeenth, will be at the Gallery at NCRD, the show’s new permanent location in Nehalem, with lots of open and well lit space for your art, and plenty of parking for art lovers.

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work for the show.   There is no entry fee and the only stipulations are that all artwork must be created with recycled, repurposed or reused materials and must fit through a standard size door.   The work must be for sale. Sales receipts are split evenly between the artist(s) and CARTM.

All work needs to be submitted to the Gallery at the NCRD on April 29 between 1 and 5 pm. Each submitted piece must have a title and be ready with appropriate hardware for hanging or display.

CARTM, www.cartm.org, is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is a registered partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information contact: Carl Vandervoort (carlvandervoort@mac.com)


CARTM’s New Director… – CARTM


“Our new contractor services program is designed to give local builders better access to CARTM, making it easy and affordable to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and to divert valuable materials from that debris for reuse and recycling.”

“We realized in the aftermath of the China’s “green fence” last year, when the markets for recycled materials disappeared almost overnight—and are still recovering—that staying proactive and nimble to opportunity is the name of the game,” said Karen.  “CARTM has a strong, dynamic board who is committed to the challenge of Leading Our Community To Zero Waste—they mean it, and I am ready to evangelize for it!”

The Refindery at CARTM is a treasure trove of re-use bargains and an inspiring environment to shop in.via CARTM’s New Director… – CARTM.

CARTM Opens The Refindery! – CARTM

The Refindery at CARTM has a new entry!

“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.”

CARTM and The Refindery are now open memorial day through labor day: Thursday – Monday, 10 am – 4 pm, labor day through memorial day: Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm, closed days: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July and 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 resale store—The Refindery. CARTM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by donations from the community. – See more at: http://www.cartm.org/cartm-opens-the-refindery-store/#sthash.nN1fLW15.dpuf

via CARTM Opens The Refindery! – CARTM.

▶ Trashion Fashion!!! – YouTube

CARTM is by far one of the spunkiest reuse centers.

Located on the Oregon Coast this reuse center came into existence through the community collaboration and need. Once a transfer station, the residents of Manzanita, Oregon started swapping out used materials for less used. They organized it, added a recycling area and called it CARTM. One only has to live in a small rural town or an island, to understand resource scarcity. These folks took it upon themselves to use local resources to the fullest, reusing and re-purposing as much as possible. And having a great time doing it!


CARTM’s annual Trashion Show and Upcycle Party, once again, delighted audience members with 22 “trashionistas” donning attire made out of… well, trash and other recyclable materials.

The hour-long Saturday evening show at the North County Recreation District auditorium got off to a rousing start with entertainment provided by the Tsunami Drummers. Master of ceremonies “Trashionista” Aina Tonjes, decked out in her trashiest best, was at the top of her game, as were those who joined the fun.

The Trashion Show and Upcycle Party, held afterwards in the NCRD gym above the auditorium, is an annual fundraiser for CARTM Recycling Center near Manzanita.

via ▶ Trashion Fashion!!! – YouTube.

CARTM prepares for second annual Trashion Show & Upcycle Party – Tillamook Headlight-Herald: News

CARTM has one of the best ever reuse design contest party. The Trashion Show and Upcycle Party brings the entire community out every year. This is serious fun.

“Trashionista” Julie ‘Fig’ Yanko

“Trashionista” Julie ‘Fig’ Yanko models her evening wear made from foam packing material and bubble wrap. Two workshops are scheduled to assist community members with the making of “trashion” for the TSUP event on Oct. 12.

Re-think fall fashion…think Trashion! CARTM’s beloved Trashion Show & Upcycle Party (TSUP) event is right around the corner, so it is time once again to get out the sewing machines and create some “hot couture.” The second annual show, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at the NCRD auditorium in Nehalem, is seeking participants who want to sew, strut or be part of the audience for this unique happening.

CARTM Trashion Show

via CARTM prepares for second annual Trashion Show & Upcycle Party – Tillamook Headlight-Herald: News.

CARTM adds a “Re-Think” Raffle to its fundraising mix – North Coast Citizen: News

As our community recycles more and throws away less, CARTM’s board of directors is continually looking for new ways to raise money to offset loss of trash revenue. Creative fundraisers are one of the ways the board keeps the dynamic spirit and CARTM’s zero waste message sparking in the community while the work goes on at the main facility.

1st prize is an electric golf cart

The latest fundraiser is a “Re-Think” Raffle currently underway at CARTM, featuring three eco-friendly prizes: First Prize: an all-electric golf cart (now street legal in Manzanita) valued at $1500, Second Prize: a full-share from Re-Evolution Gardens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), valued at $800, and Third Prize: a home composter valued at $45. The odds are great as only 450 tickets will be sold and can be purchased at CARTM for $15 each or three for $40. The drawing will be held at the final fundraising event for the year—The Trashion Show & Upcycle Party on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Nehalem.

“With the rise in popularity of the golf-cart as an eco-transportation solution in Manzanita, we’re happy to be a part of that trend,” said Jan Hamilton, CARTM’s Executive Director. “Imagine six hours of driving on a single charge—that’s a lot of trips to the post office, grocery store, library and other local errands.”

“We’ve dubbed this great little vehicle the “eco-cart,” which comes equipped with a full cover making it usable year-round,” said Hamilton. “For those who don’t live in Manzanita, we’re also offering a full-share CSA which also fits nicely with our zero waste mission. Buying organic and local is the way to go with produce!”

Save the October 13 date for the popular Trashion Show aspect of the famed Trash Bash. The show will be held in the NCRD auditorium complete with runway and featuring 24 models sporting fabulous fashions created with recycled materials. Tickets go on sale September 10 for the event which includes an Upcycle Party where guests will be able to mingle with the models, enjoy tasty foods and beverages, music and, as typical with all CARTM events, be treated to some surprises.

For more information about the “Re-think” raffle or the Trashion Show & Upcycle party call 503-368-7764.

via CARTM adds a “Re-Think” Raffle to its fundraising mix – North Coast Citizen: News.