Following the lead of Governor Inslee, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) has decided to keep The Exchange reuse store closed at least through May because of the to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We will follow the Governor’s lead, and will re-open–in a safe and limited way–if his office announces the State is entering “Phase 2” of the “Smart Start” program. While no dates are attached, it appears that June 1st would be the earliest we could re-open.
Currently, there are no plans to close or limit garbage and recycling operations at the Transfer Station. Hours will remain the same, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. This is subject to change, depending on developing circumstances.
ORS asks that during this time customers please do not drop off Exchange items outside the store.
“All of us at ORS—Board and staff—agree that we will follow the guidance of the State and County government, which has so far done a pretty great job,” said Pete Moe, executive director of ORS. “That being said, to interrupt the flow of garbage and recycling could cause a health crisis of its own. While we have made changes on that side of the business to protect our employees and the public, we intend to keep the solid waste moving to the best of our abilities.”