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…

Zero Waste Mulch Available

True zero waste in practice! We have been taking the green waste you bring us, and grinding it up into mulch to re-use on the island! The result is a clean, fine mulch – the best…

Spring Material and Tool Recycling

The arrival of spring means warmer weather, spring cleaning, as well as home, yard, and garden projects. If you’re doing any kind of building you’ve probably been shocked by the rising cost of lumber – up…

Lotioncrafter Offers Up FREE Barrels

Lotioncrafter LLC, is a local, raw cosmetic materials distributor. We receive a lot of materials in 55-gallon drums, both plastic and metal, every month. Our goal is to be more sustainable as our business continues to…

Have You Seen the Exchange Gallery Yet?

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 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…

Great Islands Clean-up Spring 2021 Results

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up! Almost 5,500 pounds of litter was picked up and properly disposed of by 343 volunteers! See below for the full breakdown!

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…

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…

Reuse of the Highest Order

One day in the fall, before the new Exchange opened, an incredible item showed up at the dump: a 1963 Rowe Ami JAL 200 jukebox—full of classic vinyl records. It sat on the tipping floor for…