Sew4ZeroWaste is BACK!!

The Sew4ZeroWaste Make-and-Take workshops are starting up again. The theme for the first workshop event, “Fashion Trashion”, will help participants prepare for this year’s Solstice Parade. The Solstice parade takes place on June 18th and will…

Show and Tell Time for Big Blue

Our glass crusher, Big Blue, has been in operation now for more than four months, and it is doing a great job. So many people supported the acquisition of Big Blue that we thought you’d like…

Skills That Matter-Sew 4 Zero Waste

ORS/The Exchange board member Asifa Pasin recently had the opportunity to bring her Sew 4 Zero Waste class back to life after a long hiatus due to Covid.  Sew 4 Zero Waste is a program Pasin…

Zero Waste Mulch Available

Ready for Spring Gardens: Zero Waste Mulch! $20/yard. We will load your truck. No deliveries. Call ahead for large loads at 360 376 4089 ext 1. Available during regular business hours (Thursday thru Monday from 10am-4pm)….

Baler Building Update

It’s been an exciting month on the Baler Building project! First off, we have officially submitted a building permit application to San Juan County! That’s a huge step, completed with thanks to our Project Manager, Ken…

Baler Project on Track!

Design and engineering are just about complete for our new Baler Building; we plan on having a permit application package ready to go to San Juan County before the end of January. Thanks so much to…

Free Glass Tote Program A Success

Spearheaded by our board president Jim Duffield, and thanks to a generous grant from the Can’dAid Foundation, The Exchange was able to purchase 300 plastic recycling totes to give away to Orcas residents interested in separating…

FREE Paint Recycling

Paint Recycling at the Exchange on Orcas Island

ORS is a FREE recycling center for all latex and oil-based paint and stains!! Washington’s new paint stewardship law requires the paint manufacturing industry to develop a financially sustainable and environmentally responsible program to manage post-consumer…

Another Step Toward Zero Waste

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) moved closer to its mission of “creating a zero waste community…” on November 3rd. About 40 invited guests–donors, contractors, public servants, and ORS staff–gathered to dedicate the new glass crusher. Jim “Duff”…

The Exchange is 40 Years Old!

Exchange Orcas Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been four decades, but on Friday September 24th, The Exchange will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with special deals in the store, free hot dogs and lemonade, and gift certificate giveaways….