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…

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…

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…

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….

Compost Inspiration

composting

Greetings Composters! April’s sunny skies have a lot of us out in the gardens…and hopefully working on composting. In this month’s column we are sharing some unique videos to watch for inspiration and instruction while you’re…

VERMI-what???

Origins of composting in Havana

A little hardship grew to big changes in Cuba in 1991.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Cuba lost 80% of their imports and were forced to become self-reliant in producing food. …