Three tons of Household Hazardous Waste cleaned up!

Household Hazardous Waste

After years of once-a-year pickups that most of us missed, ORS and San Juan County have finally introduced quarterly collection events managed on-island. And after just two such events, we got the results of our collections…

Anniversary and Holiday Sale Success

Exchange on Orcas Island

On Saturday December 8th, we hosted our first anniversary with a big holiday sale—and it was awesome! In fact, one of our top-ten sales days of the year! Thanks to all who shopped, and all who…

Drop Off Your Xmas Tree for Free!

Drop off your dried-out Christmas tree at the transfer station for no charge. We’ll add it to our green waste compost pile. Just make sure it completely free of ornaments, tinsel, etc. Did you know that we…

Exchange Online Store Launches

The Exchange online store

For months we have been discussing how to launch an online store that would first take into consideration our local community. And now we have a solution! We recently launched The Exchange Online Store where unique…

Paint Recycling Now Available at The Exchange

Paint Recycling at the Exchange on Orcas Island

ORS is now a recycling center for latex paint! Gather up your old, leftover, or unwanted latex paint (liquid form) and drop it off  for a small fee. No oil-based paints will be accepted. This service…

Solstice Parade Costumes Designed at Exchange Workshop

Orcas Island Solstice Parade

We love doing things that support reuse in the community so we were happy to host a Solstice Parade Costume Workshop here at The Exchange. This free event allowed parade participants to work on their designs…

Exchange at The Grange a Success

The Exchange was hopping on Memorial Day weekend as vendors and visitors gathered for this year’s Exchange at The Grange SWAP Meet. Thanks to generous donations, we took in almost $4,000 in our silent auction. Special…

Traffic Pattern at The Exchange

Please pay careful attention to signs and direction arrows when entering and leaving ORS/The Exchange. Our traffic pattern is mandated by San Juan County, and helps to keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most…

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;…