In 1953, Tillamook County bought nine acres in the sand dunes south of Manzanita to use as a public dump.
Overnight the materials for recycling almost overwhelmed the site.
Every year CARTM receives almost half a million bottles and cans whose deposit returns support operations.
The CARTM site in May, 2010.
Until the 1970s, anyone could dump anything at any time at no cost.
Locals quickly learned to shop CARTM for materials as well as bring materials to CARTM.
Workers load bales of paper for shipment to a mill specializing in recycled paper.
For many years, CARTM produced the Trash Bash, a community party and fund raiser featuring art made from recycled materials.
In 1992, volunteers began a small recylcing center in the parking lot near the bus stop in Manzanita.
Sometimes the piles got out of hand.
Locals find materials at CARTM for useful items such as this fence.
Trash Bash featured the Trashion Show of high style from leftover stuff. In 2012 the Trashion Show became a separate event produced in the auditorium at NCRD.
Those early volunteers called themselves CARTM -- Conservation Resource Team of Manzanita.
But somewhere in there is probably a gear or frame I can use.
Construction debris and yard wastes are chipped for mulch and hog fuel.
The Trashion Show inspires creative costumes in the audience as well as on the runway.
In 1998, CARTM moved to the county site site to combine recycling and a resale store with solid waste disposal.
Volunteers and staff worked together to reduce costs and increase productivity.
The resale store offers thousands of items that otherwise might have gone to a landfill.