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,…

SAVE THE DATE: Great Islands Clean Up Spring 2019

Great Islands Clean Up 2018

Saturday, April 20, 2019 will be our next Great Islands Clean Up event from 10am to 2pm. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE! Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will be available at the San…

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….

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…

It’s Time for Paint Recycling in Washington State!

Nine states, including California and Oregon, now have paint recycling programs in place. Washington needs to be next. Paintcare, a non-profit paint recycling program, was created by the paint and coatings industry. The program facilitates the…