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…

Fall Great Islands Clean-Up Recap

On Saturday, October 29th, the first-ever fall Great Islands Clean-Up was held. 33 amazing volunteers on Orcas Island braved the rain and wind to collect 620+ pounds of trash from a total of 6.5 miles of road…

New Exchange Could Be Open Next Summer

“Barring major problems, I think we will open the doors by next summer,” says Pete Moe, Executive Director of Orcas Recycling Services (ORS). “For the first time since the fire, I am confident enough to put…

Awesome Exchange Swap Meet!

What an awesome Swap Meet on Sunday, September 11th! It was HUGE! There were over 40 vendors and hundreds of visitors. Thanks to the Orcas Island Grange #964, Orcasong Farm, our volunteers, and everyone who came to check…

ORS Team Travels to Manzanita, Oregon

In mid-July, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) representatives travelled to Manzanita, on the Oregon coast, to visit CARTM (Community Action Recycling Team of Manzanita), a pioneering community recycling organization in Tillamook County. Like ORS, CARTM operates a…

Annex Interior Funded Thanks to OICF Donors

On June 2nd, ORS was awarded a grant of $7,838 to outfit the “Exchange Annex” a multi-purpose workshop, meeting room and classroom in the soon-to-be-rebuilt Exchange re-use facility. The grant was funded by local community members…

A Better Way to Get Your Milk!

Did you know the  Orcas Food Co-op offers fresh, local organic milk in reusable containers? Every Tuesday organic milk from grass-fed cows is delivered directly to the Co-op from Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy in Lynden, Washington. Not…

Fluorescents Recycle FREE!

Since January 2015 The Exchange has been accepting all fluorescent tubes and CFLs (the curly bulbs) for proper recycling at no charge! This is really great, because these bulbs contain mercury, a highly toxic substance–and many of them are…