Zero Waste Mulch is Back for Spring

zero waste mulch

For a couple of years now we have been accepting clean green yard-waste material at a significant discount. We just did our second major grind, and now we have over 200 yards of totally local composted mulch for sale! What…

Workshops Coming to The Exchange

The Exchange Orcas Island

When ORS was planning the new Exchange, we committed to using the building for workshops, classes, and events that served our mission of Zero Waste.  We are ready to get started with this exciting component of…

Using 3D Printing for Plastic Reuse

3D printing reuse

The Orcas Food Co-op, the Funhouse and The Exchange are teaming up to start an exciting plastic recycling project. A generous local donor purchased the equipment needed to grind up plant-based plastics (PLA), heat it, and…

Trashion Fashion at Earth Day Festival

Trashion Fashion Show

Join us for the TRASHION FASHION SHOW during the EARTH DAY FESTIVAL Sunday, April 21 at The Orcas Center | 5:30p   This is where art, fashion, and ecology come together for a fun event. If…

Hazardous Waste Roundup June 23rd

Household Hazardous Waste

The annual County-wide hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd. The event is free to all Orcas households. Businesses must register in advance. You can do that here. We will be accepting gasoline…

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…