Earth Day Weekend 2019 & Call To Artists!

Earth Day 2019 Orcas

If the Great Islands Clean Up on April 20 isn’t enough for you, make sure you join us the following day for the 1st Annual Earth Day Festival on Orcas Island! This FREE event is a…

Hazardous Waste Roundup March 8th

Household Hazardous Waste

After years of once-a-year pickups that many of us missed, ORS and San Juan County have finally introduced quarterly collection events managed on-island. Our second local collection event is Friday March 8th from 10 a.m. to…

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;…

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…