Nov 29 // Joseph Weaver // Winthrop, Washington
CATEGORY: Small Town Economies
It's been quite an amazing year for Methow Recycling Roundup. We approached two separate town councils, myriad local business owners, and local artists and asked them to come together to help provide 'public recycling' by placing recycling bins in high traffic public spaces in the towns of Winthrop and Twisp, WA. The goal is to reduce waste while establishing a highly visible symbol of Winthrop and Twisp’s commitment to recycling and public art.
On April 2011, Earth Day, local business owners, and the town of Winthrop launched and celebrated the Winthrop Barrel Project. It is the first time that public recycling has been offered to Winthrop's main business corridor - Riverside Avenue.
Re-purposed wine barrels were provided by our local winery and artist and sign painter, Brad Pinkerton, hand painted all of the business logos on each barrel in a unique western theme. The joke afterwards was to ask Brad how many times he painted the word 'Recycle.' Capital sponsors are the town of Winthrop, Recycling Roundup, and Methow Recycles.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 the town of Twisp will follow suit and launch public recycling on Glover Street. This time, six local artists have partnered with 12 valley businesses to create original public art pieces from each re-purposed metal drum through various mediums. The project is a collaborative effort between capital sponsors, who chipped in money to get the project started, business sponsors, who will sustain the recycling service going forward and local artists, who made public art from the old metal drums. Capitol sponsors are the Town of Twisp, Recycling Roundup, Methow Arts Alliance, Methow Recycles and Methow Resource Recovery.
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