2018 Great Islands Cleanup: Apr. 22!

Join your community for the 2018 Spring Great Islands Clean-Up, Sunday, April 22nd! This is an island-wide greening event where volunteers pick up litter from public beaches and roadways on Orcas Island (and simultaneously on the…

Water Bottle Challenge Wrap Up!

It’s been a year since ORS/The Exchange partnered with The SeaDoc Society to encourage everyone to refuse to use single-use beverage containers. As promised, if you made it through the year, without losing your reuseable containers,…

New Traffic Pattern Starts Nov. 16th

One of the most notable changes coming this month will be a completely revised traffic pattern. This change, mandated by San Juan County, will keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most importantly: EVERY…

Exchange Reservation System

Reservations for drop-off are only required for large loads.  Thanks to everyone’s help (and a little bit of technology) we’ve made it through the “Tsunami”. The initial unloading of our island’s collective basement/garage/barn/storage unit into the…

The Exchange Introduces Management Team

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) is pleased to introduce a stellar management team for the new Exchange reuse center. Jeff Ludwig has accepted the position of Exchange Manager; Peg O’Hara will assist as Retail & Merchandising Consultant;…

Fundraising Goal Met for Re-Opening The Exchange

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Orcas community, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) has met its fundraising goals for re-opening The Exchange reuse facility. Fundraising to re-build the Exchange has been on-going ever since fire consumed…

Exchange T-Shirts Available at the Transfer Station

Limited edition “I Helped Rebuild The Exchange” t-shirts are available at the Orcas Island Transfer Station during normal business hours (Thursday through Monday, 10am to 4pm). These t-shirts were designed by a local Orcas Island artist and…

Orcas Food Co-op Raises Funds to Help Rebuild The Exchange

On April 20th, The Exchange was the beneficiary of the Orcas Food Co-op’s 3% Thursdays Community Shopping Days. We are please to announce that $206 was raised by patrons and the co-op. These funds are directly…

Phoenix Rising Community Swap

On Sunday, February 26, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) held a community Swap Meet at the Orcas Island Odd Fellows Hall. The “Phoenix Rising” Swap Meet was AWESOME! Thanks for everyone who came out. We had dozens of tables…

Just $25k Needed to Fully Fund the New Exchange

MAY 2017 UPDATE: On behalf of the ORS board, its volunteers, and all supporters, we’d like to offer a sincere thanks to everyone who has given a donation. $25,000 is still needed to complete the project…