Film Inspires Plastic Free Living

On March 7th the Seaview Theater in Eastsound was packed for a screening of the beautifully-made but disturbing film “A Plastic Ocean”. Hosted by the Orcas Island Film Festival, The Exchange, and several other local groups and…

Where Does All the Food Waste Go?

orcas farmers use food waste

Late last year when the nation-wide recycling crisis consumed the news, we decided to push forward on our Recycle 2.0 program, hoping it would advance the conversation about achieving a zero-waste community. Food waste has been…

Be Mindful of Holiday Packaging

It’s that time of year again when you order stuff online (yes, most of us do it) and we get inundated with retailer packaging materials and gift wrapping products that are, unfortunately, not recyclable. We’re reminding everyone…

Solving the Plastic Packaging Problem

plastic alternative evocative

Recycle 2.0 was launched with the purpose of continuing education on the current worldwide recycling challenges. Plastics are a big part of that issue.  As long as we continue producing plastic products at the current rate,…

Sorting Through the Plastic Numbers

Recycling Plastics

We’ve been discussing plastics a lot lately. And for good reason. But have you ever been confused by those numbers listed on plastics? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…what makes one plastic different from another….

Don’t Waste The Good Stuff!

Orcas Exchange Recycling Aluminum Cans

What’s wrong with this picture? Look at all of those valuable aluminum cans in the garbage! With a little forethought, the person who threw these cans into the bin could have source-separated them. We offer a…

The Last Straw

San Juan Islands Last Straw

Here’s what you should know if you enter a restaurant in the San Juan Islands and see signage for, “The Last Straw”: “The Last Straw” is a nationwide campaign encouraging businesses and customers to stop using…

3,200 Pounds of Clothing and Textiles Recycled in One Haul!

The Exchange accepts all clothing, bedding, and textiles in clean and useable condition. The accepted clothing and textiles are first made available to the Orcas Community on the Exchange shelves and clothing sort table and racks….

China Could Block Plastics & Paper from U.S. Recyclers

The recycling industry is in turmoil. China, the world’s largest market for recyclable materials, has announced it will dramatically reduce the amount of mixed paper and plastics it will accept from the U.S. going forward. This…

Secure Your Truck Load for Safer and Cleaner Roads

More than 12 million pounds of litter comes from vehicles each year in Washington State. Litter falling from vehicles is responsible for more than 400 accidents on Washington State Highways annually and is a major contributor…