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….

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…

Doe Bay Resort’s Goals for Zero-Waste Practices

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) is interested in how local area businesses handle waste management. We have started an ongoing series where we interview establishments on Orcas to learn more about their goals, direction, and what we…

The Can Crusher: Recycle Camp at Burning Man

Each year Recycle Camp at Burning Man recycles 4 forty yard containers of crushed aluminum cans. All of the proceeds go to the local school district in Gerlach, Nevada. It is the only recycling program at…

50k Pounds of Hazardous Waste Collected

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Day was June 25, 2016 at the Orcas Transfer Station. Many community members gathered their hazardous materials and brought a total of 20,905 pounds of these potentially dangerous substances to the…

Island Hoppin’ Brewery: A Model for Small Business Reuse Practices

It can be challenging to have minimal environmental impact and create a great product from scratch on an island, but the folks at Island Hoppin’ Brewery are doing just that. Orcas Island’s local brewery is big…

Orcas Community Comes Thru for Island Clean Up

Orcas Island is once again a litter-free zone! Thanks so much to all 102 volunteers who came out Saturday, April 23rd, the day after Earth Day, for the Great Islands Clean Up! 1,680 pounds of garbage…

SEPARATED GLASS RECYCLING

STARTS NOV. 1ST!

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