Meeting of the Minds

Orcas Senior Services

Please join Orcas Senior Center and Jim “Duff” Duffield (Board President), along with Pete Moe (Executive Director) from the “Exchange” Orcas Recycling Service to learn about the history of The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS), and what is going on now, and what the future holds.

In 1981, a group of community activists created Orcas Island’s legendary reuse center, The Exchange. These visionaries created a system to “reduce, reuse, recycle” before the phrase existed.

In 2011, San Juan County announced they wanted to stop managing solid waste. Fearful that a big garbage corporation would take over the Orcas Transfer Station and evict The Exchange, the ORS board of directors decided to respond to the County’s request for proposals.

In 2012, The Exchange/Orcas Recycling Services entered negotiations with San Juan County to take over management of the Orcas Island Transfer Station.

To attend via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, visit this link on the Orcas Senior Center’s website. To continue offering great programs like this one, your generous donation is always welcome.




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