GiveOrcas Campaign

The GiveOrcas Campaign will be happening May 2-May 16, 2022. This year ORS/The Exchange is raising funds for equipment for the Baler Building! This equipment will allow us separate and compact recycled materials like aluminum, steel,…

GICU 2022: The Results Are In

Great job, Orcas! During this year’s Spring 2022 Great Islands Clean-up we had 71 volunteers cover 55.5 miles of road and beaches – including two miles of inaccessible beach via kayak!! Our trash per miles amount…

Secure Your Load for Safer Roads

Eastsound, WA: With the Great Islands Clean-up fast approaching on Saturday, April 23, 2022, San Juan County will be launching a 6-week campaign, Secure Your Load for Safer Roads, that will focus on educating islanders and…

More Totes Available

ORS is really gratified that so many islanders took advantage of the offer of a free plastic tote to make separating glass recycling as easy as possible. Our second order of totes will allow us to…

Great Minds Think Alike

We were excited to learn that we are not the only place in the state that is crushing and reusing glass—so is Lake Chelan! The Lake Chelan Rotary was able to secure grants and donations to…

Have You Seen the Exchange Gallery?

Over the past year or two, we have had some amazing artworks and collectables donated to us by some our most supportive Orcas residents. We have been curating and collecting these items for almost a year…

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…

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…

Another Successful GICU

This year during the annual Fall 2021 Great Islands Clean Up, It Takes a Village to Clean an Island, Orcas volunteers removed 600 pounds of garbage from our beaches and roads. Compared to the Fall 2020…

Catching up with Historical Garbage

Since the first Great Islands Clean-up in 2014, we have been tracking the number of volunteers, miles we’ve cleaned up, and pounds of garbage picked up per mile on Orcas. As you can see from the…