Why Compost?

When waste is sent to landfill, air cannot get to the organic waste. As the waste breaks down, it creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that greatly contributes to climate change. However, when this same waste…

Double Your Donation!

Matching gifts provide you with an easy way to potentially double, if not triple, your original donation! Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? In fact, gifts…

Reuse Tip: Free Mobility Assistance Equipment

Next time you find yourself or someone you love in need of mobility assistance equipment, you can call upon the kind folks at the Orcas Senior Center for help. The Orcas Senior Center has partnered with…

ORS Welcomes CARTM to Orcas!

Recently the board of directors of Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange spent the weekend with board members of CARTM, their counterparts from Manzanita, Oregon. CARTM is a non-profit recycling center that operates a reuse store, “The Refindery”, and…

Orcas Island is a Ton More Beautiful

The annual Great Islands Clean-Up was a great success! Orcas Islanders picked up more than one ton of litter in just a few hours and managed to sort and recycle 320 pounds of it! Amazing job!…

Orcas 8th Graders Dissect Our Recycling…

…and it doesn’t look very good. Take a look at this video featuring Laura Tidwell’s 8th grade science class as they tear open random bags of recycling at the transfer station…

The Story Of Stuff

…and that’s PER PERSON folks…check out this terrific video about what’s really happening with garbage. This covers the whole system, but also is dead-on when it talks about recycling…

CARTM! Where it is happening now!

We are inspired by CARTM, the reuse and transfer station in our favorite Oregon coastal town, Manzanita. They are doing what we intend to do on Orcas! Check them out here.

We Hate Styrofoam

Few materials designed by humans are as lame as Styrofoam. They use gallons of fossil fuel to make, are not recyclable, and don’t breakdown. AND there are so many other materials that can be used instead! Frustrating….

Hit The Beach!

Hmmm… We have lots of beach and wave action and glass is the heaviest recyclable we need to haul off island at greatest cost… Sea Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA. Up until 1967, this area was…