A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Volunteers

Our docents have done a super job this year working at the “Z-wall” to help customers understand how to correctly separate cardboard for recycling.  Our customers get it and we have very little contamination in the cardboard bin. The docents…

Conscious Cards & Wrapping Paper

Not surprising, we’re seeing a lot of non-recyclable wrapping materials being put in the recycling after the holidays. At first glance, it seems like all gift wrap, tissue paper, and cards would be recyclable, but a closer…

Cleaning up Litter Around the Island

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 5th annual fall Great Islands Clean-up! For the first time the event spanned a full week, and was largely self-organizing due to COVID protocols. However, we still had at…

A “Good” Clothing Option

The Exchange continues to have some limitations on accepting clothing donations and we understand this, in turn, effects our customers’ ability to buy preowned clothing from us. Board Member Asifa Pasin shares her recent experience with…

Consider The Exchange When Making Life Changes

Transitions in life can be difficult. Whether it’s a move, a death in the family, or a need to downsize, there are times when you just need to get rid of items. On some occasions The…

Fall 2020 Great Islands Clean Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Fall 2020 Great Islands Clean Up! We know it was a little different but we appreciate your help keeping our roads and beaches litter-free. The Fall 2020 Great…

ORS Responds To Racial Injustice

“It is ORS policy that all decisions involving any aspect of the employment relationship will be made without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, the presence of any sensory,…

Sew4ZeroWaste Helps Coordinate Orcas Mask Makers

Sewing face masks during COVID-19

Sew4ZeroWaste is a sewing and recycling craft workshop run by Asifa Pasin, a Board Member at ORS/The Exchange. The group has recently pivoted their focus and has been providing PPE for our local Island community.  It…

Islanders Keep Great Islands Clean-Up Alive!

Great Islands Clean Up Orcas Island

The Great Islands Clean-Up (“GICU”) has been a County-wide celebration for the last seven years. Participants band together and scour the islands to pick up all the litter along the roads and beaches on Orcas, Lopez,…

The Compost Pile Explained

There is a difference between soil creation and a moldering heap. Composting is a process that works to speed up the natural decay of organic material by providing the ideal conditions for detritus-eating organisms to thrive….

The Exchange is Open - with Some Changes!

Drop-off days: Friday & Sunday (closed to shoppers) - RESERVATION REQUIRED

Shopping days: Thursday, Saturday, & Monday - Facial coverings required; Foot traffic may be limited

The Transfer Station is open normal hours: Thursday-Monday 10am-4pm