New Policy: The Do/Do Not Accept List

The new Exchange building looks really big—and it is—over 5,000 square feet of space for reuse. That said, the old Exchange had over an acre of space. Our 5,000 square feet is going to fill up…

New Policy: Tax Deductibility

The Exchange is now an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization. That means donated items are tax deductible. Just like a Goodwill or Salvation Army outlet, The Exchange can now provide you with a receipt that you can…

New Policy: Volunteer & Staff Access

We are acutely aware of the historical perception that lots of the best stuff that came into The Exchange ended up in the hands of Exchange staff and volunteers. ORS is committed to ensuring that this…

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

The recycling industry is in turmoil this fall. 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…

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…