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…

September 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…

August 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…

July 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…

Next Household Hazardous Waste Round-up: Saturday, September 26

The next Household Hazardous Waste Round-up will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26th. Items that do not have a readable label will not be accepted. In addition to the items listed…

The Docents Are Back!

Cardboard recycling on Orcas Island

Last summer ORS began a recycling docent program that put volunteer recycling experts out on the “Z-Wall” at the Orcas Transfer Station. It was a huge success! Last year we introduced a¬†cardboard pilot program that has…

Recycling is Not Enough–Reuse!

If you’re looking for ways to keep education flowing through your household during the stay-at-home orders, check out this video and discussion guide from Alex Eaves. Alex takes us on a journey around the country looking…

Orcas Residents Supporting Health Care Workers

sewing health care gowns

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing shortages of personal-protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and hospice caregivers on Orcas Island. Some island residents have banded together and are actively working to help create solutions. When…

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

A photo taken earlier this month at the recycling wall area raises this question: A. Is it mixed, co-mingled recycling dumped on top of separated clean, dry, flattened, corrugated cardboard that has value; or B. Is…

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