Friday, June 26, 2009


One would think that all products would be 100% recyclable by now. One would also think that recycling opportunities would be more dominant by now. There still seems to be a lot of resistance by manufacturers to use only recyclable materials any by centers to accept all recyclable materials.

As far as plastics are concerned, Western Oregon Waste only accepts plastic bottles where the neck is smaller than the base, but what about all the other plastics that clearly have recycling numbers printed on them? Why don’t they accept margarine tubs or cream cheese tubs? Why not clam shell containers?

One local recycler will accept those things as long as it is numbered 1-7. I save all my numbered recyclables for an annual trip to CART’M where they have increased the number of things they used to recycle in 1996, which was 5 to what items they now recycle, which is 32.

The real cool thing about CART’M is that they also sell things. You can find used construction material there along with tools, and garden furnishings. They sell beds and all sorts of things in their resale shop. If you are building a shed and you need a window there are several to choose from. Need some doors? They have them, too. There was a fiber glass boat and trailer there for sale for under $1,000. If I remember correctly they were selling for $500. Funny thing was that they had a bread box for sale in there and my wife mentioned how she never sees bread boxes any more.

If you haven’t been to CART’M you really should visit the next time you pass through Manzanita. To get there turn West at the Shell Station on Hwy 101 and follow the signs as though you were going to Nehalem Bay State Park. If you get to the park entrance you went about 100 feet too far.

You can visit their web site at for hours and more details on their operation. This place is truly worth a visit.


Blogger Tango said...

:) wish I lived closer!
We have store like that around here, they're called Antique Shops. Mostly the same stuff at 4 times the price.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The good thing about our recycling program is that we throw everything into the bin and they take it and separate it. Although, I read somewhere that San Antonio is one of the least recycling cities. I don't really get that since the city gave everyone recycling bins, but okay...

7:32 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Damn, I wish we had a place like that around here! We have recycling bins, but they are small and they won't take anything that won't fit into the bin. I agree that we should be 100% recyclable by now. And I also think that by now all of our mechanical devices and electronics (including our vehicles!) should be designed with easily replaceable parts, some sort of snap-in component system. but I can't think of the word for that. I think these two items are the wave of the future. But then, I also may be an idiot. I dunno.

8:25 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

Similar to cart'm we have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore though it doesn't do normal recycling.

Funny how there used to be little need for recycling programs before so many things were made of plastic and aluminum. Others were built to last. Parts were replaceable. People were kept employed as repairmen. Now if it breaks down you probably throw it away and buy new or go the the cart'm for someone else's castoff.

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Tango. I remember when antique stores actually sold antiques, but that makes me a bit of an antique I suppose.

Amy, what's up with that? There are people that just can't switch modes. I know someone that throws away deposit bottles.

Darev, the recycled construction material is big here.

Rich, I'm surprised anyone repairs things like TVs anymore because parts aren't as common as they were in the days of the vacuum tube sets.

5:38 AM  

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