Amazing Earth Day Weekend

Trashion Fashion Orcas

On Saturday, April 20, almost 100 people cared for our islands by picking up 1,940 pounds of trash. The following day, we held the first-annual Earth Day Festival at the Orcas Center — and it was…

Great Islands Clean Up Spring 2019 A Success

Great Islands Clean Up

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Spring 2019 Great Islands Clean Up! Almost 6,000 pounds of litter was picked up and properly disposed of by 441 volunteers! The impressive numbers are below! Special thanks…

A Big Thanks to AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps volunteers on Orcas Island

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the AmeriCorps workers who volunteered their help to Orcas Recycling Services in February. Eleven workers spent Saturday the 2nd doing a variety of tasks–cleaning up garbage spread around by seagulls…

Keeping Waste Local: Need a Garbage Can?

Lotioncrafter cans

ORS was recently approached by Lotioncrafter, one of our awesome local companies, about what to do with the excess 55 gallon steel drums they have as a by-product of their business. They are beautiful barrels, brand-new,…

Great Islands Clean Up Spring 2019

Great Islands Clean Up

The Great Islands Clean-Up Saturday, April 20 | Great Island Clean-up at the Village Green in Eastsound from 10a-2p Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will be available at the San Juan County Public Works…

Awesome “Talking Trash” Community Forum!

On November 3rd more than 30 committed folks joined ORS/The Exchange in a community forum to visualize the future of the solid waste management here on Orcas, and for all of San Juan County. Conversations covered the…

WATCH: How The Orcas Exchange Became a Zero Waste Model

Watch the story of how a rag-tag island swap meet turned into a model non-profit, zero-waste reuse and recycling facility.

My Exchange Story: Mount Baker Farm

Mount Baker Farm on Orcas Island

When Ruth, Cheryl and Barb bought the Mount Baker Farm property on Orcas Island, they were determined to offer a unique experience for islanders and tourists, alike. They did this by creating 58 campsites that sit…

Creativity Shines at Trashion Fashion Show

This year’s “Trashion Fashion” show was so much fun! The creativity from all you local artists and designers was inspiring. Thanks to all who participated (humans and animals alike), and to Asifa Pasin for running the…

Volunteers Make the Difference at The Exchange

When Orcas Recycling Services took control of the new Exchange building, it was just a shell: a big metal building on a concrete slab. There was still lots to be done–namely to finish out the interior….