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 is 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…

Exchange Accept/Do Not Accept

In order to best serve the community of Orcas Island, and to make the most effective use of the physical plant known as The Exchange, it is essential to define what items may or may not…

Another Big Hazardous Waste Roundup!

On June 24th, more than 150 cars and trucks loaded with household toxic material showed up at the Orcas Transfer Station, where it was safely collected, contained, and not released into the environment! The Hazardous Waste…

The Kitchen Continues to Raise the Bar for Restaurant Waste Management

Periodically we like to focus on a local business and how they handle their waste stream. One of the best on Orcas is The Kitchen, owned and operated by Charles Dalton and Jasmine Townsend. Recognized in…