#1 and #2 Plastic Pros and Cons

Changes may be coming soon to the type of plastics that will be recyclable on Orcas. In the past we’ve accepted Plastics 1-7 but soon we may only be accepting 1 and 2. Here’s a little…

Rental Property Waste

The road to a zero-waste community is not easy – especially on an island! To achieve zero waste, materials must either be returned safely to a re-use cycle on Orcas (ie The Exchange, Buy Sell Trade,…

Recycle Aluminum & Cardboard

Watch this informative video about recycling aluminum and cardboard brought to you by ORS/The Exchange and the Orcas Island High School Environmental Club.

One More Resolution?

This is an easy one to keep–and it does not cost you anything. If you use Amazon, whether occasionally or a lot (we’re not judging!), you can take advantage of their SmileAmazon program to gift to…

Where does our e-waste go?

We were asked recently where the electronics recycling for Orcas goes, so we decided to go check it out. Turns out it goes to a cool little operation north of Lynnwood, WA called E-Wastes. We got…

What is Zero Waste?

Our mission at Orcas Recycling Services / The Exchange is to build a zero waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams. But what does “zero waste” actually mean? Zero Waste…

Drink Out of Aluminum!

No other container can match the energy savings and value that aluminum brings to recycling. Not only is the packaging incredibly sustainable, but it also has practically infinite recyclability as well as a 60-day turnaround from…

The Realities of Plastic Recycling

Recycling plastic can be a bit confusing. What is, and is not, acceptable can change from month-to-month – and the change can be dramatic depending on where the plastic is being sent to. Keep up-to-date on…

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…

Recycling Tip: No Plastic Film

Recycling contaminants

This summer, you may meet one of our Recycling Docents at the Orcas Transfer Station when you drop off your recycling. Docents are there to help educate everyone on how to recycle better.  They also try…