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…

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…

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…

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…

Put Cardboard in its Place

recycling cardboard

When you pull up to the recycling area at ORS you may already know that the dedicated cardboard container is the one on the far right. We understand, however, that there is still some confusion because…

What Contaminates a Load of Mixed Recycling?

Last month we focused on how plastic bags, sheets, packing pillows, and other items can mess up the sophisticated machinery where our loads of co-mingled recycling are processed. This month we’ll explain how an entire load…

Recycling Tip: The Scoop On Recycling Plastic Film

recycling or trash

For more than a year ORS has been encouraging folks to put all plastic film (plastic bags, plastic wraps, bubble wraps, air pillows, etc) in the garbage, and out of the mixed recycling. Yet folks often…

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…

The Value of Docents at the Transfer Station

Recycling Cardboard

Our docents are back on duty at the Z-wall where you drop off your recyclable materials. We started this program in 2019 to explain our cardboard separation program, as well as answer other recycling questions. We…

Recycling Tip

July Recycling Tip: Take your recycling efforts up a notch and separate your aluminum cans! For years, we’ve been collecting mixed recycling, including aluminum cans (beer and soda) being mixed in with other recyclable materials. While…

The Exchange is Open - with Some Changes!

Drop-off days: Friday & Sunday (closed to shoppers) - RESERVATION REQUIRED

Shopping days: Thursday, Saturday, & Monday - Facial coverings required; Foot traffic may be limited

The Transfer Station is open normal hours: Thursday-Monday 10am-4pm