Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up April 24th!

The Great Islands Clean-up will be happening Saturday, April 24th from 10am to 2pm. Any trash you pick up on the roads or beaches can be dropped off at the transfer station with information on where…

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…

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…

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…

Drink Out of Aluminum!

No other container can match the energy savings and value that aluminum brings to recycling. Not only is the packaging incredibly sustainable, but it also has practically infinite recyclability as well as a 60-day turnaround from…

The Realities of Plastic Recycling

Recycling plastic can be a bit confusing. What is, and is not, acceptable can change from month-to-month – and the change can be dramatic depending on where the plastic is being sent to. Keep up-to-date on…

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…

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…

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…

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…