The Please Take Materials Exchange

Carp-fish logo superimposed on globe with star marker on philadelphia 
and 'creative artists' resource project' around it.

Helping to Improve the Greater Philadelphia Region through Inspiring Creative Reuse

This is our old page with old references on it. Our new site (although not updated with all these old media references yet) is direct at

Dept. of Environment 2001 Waste Watcher Award
PTME is a non-profit, arts & environmental organization dedicated to improving Greater Philadelphia through the creative reuse of materials. Our programs reduce and redirect waste from the trash stream by redistributing surplus materials to artists, educators and communities. Simultaneously, our collection efforts educate businesses and the general public about the exciting possibilities of recycling.

We are certainly not limited to just Artists however as we maintain an Arts and Environmental Network whose members & partners include: Artists, Teachers, Students, Arts & Environmental Organizations, Community Groups, individuals, government officials, and 'mainstream' businesses.

We are currently evaluating new possibilities for a permanent or long term home. If you have any ideas, leads, or even buildings or space you wish to donate, feel free to drop us a message. 8)

Managing Director's Email:Michael Simons
Information Hotline & Voicemail: 215-RECYCLE (732-9253)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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The Please Take Materials Exchange is a project of CARP, The Creative Artists Resource Project. Be confident in your charitable giving. CARP is a division of Resources for Human Development, Inc., a registered charitable organization. In accordance with PA law, we are required to advise you that a copy of our official registration and financial info may be obtained from the PA Dept. of State by calling toll free, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.