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…

New Policy: Exchange Accept/Do Not Accept

With the new Exchange scheduled to open this fall, ORS is rolling out new policies. The first is the “Accept/Do Not Accept” policy. In order to best serve the community of Orcas Island, and to make…

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…

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…

Non-Recyclable Item of the Month: Paper Cups

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day or equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world. Most coffee purchased in retail…

Plastic Bag Ban in San Juan County

In October 2016 the San Juan County Council unanimously approved an ordinance banning the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. A significant source of litter, plastic bags are especially harmful in a marine environment, as they are commonly mistaken…

Non-Recyclable Item of the Month: Textiles

Although textiles aren’t recyclable in our co-mingled recycling at ORS, they should not be thrown in the trash. A staggering 95% of textiles like clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could be reused or…

Support The Exchange When Shopping Amazon

“AmazonSmile” is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite 501(c)3 charitable organization every time you shop on Amazon.com, at no cost to you. Just go to smile.amazon.com first when you want to shop. There you’ll…

Recycle These Items for Free at ORS

ORS accepts a number of items at no charge to the community. Programs like this help to keep toxic materials like lead, mercury, heavy metals, and other chemicals out of the landfill. Did you know you can…