Mission of The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) is: “Building a zero waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams.”

A New Beginning

556225_10151291772507638_744959659_nIn 2012, Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange entered into negotiations with San Juan County to take over management of the Orcas Island Transfer Station.

Sadly, a fire broke out in a trashcan just after closing time in February 2013. Thankfully, no one was injured, but The Exchange burned to the ground. Despite the setback, ORS/The Exchange took over the Transfer Station seven months later.

Our goal is to create a new kind of recycling, reduction, and reuse system beginning with the construction of a new and improved Exchange.

Click here to see the latest plans for the entire site including the new Exchange. We will continue to post news and updates on this website. Click here to sign up for email updates.

Stay tuned. We need your ideas, we need your support as a volunteer, and we need your donations. Click here to donate online. We are new to this, but we are committed. Determined. If you are too, we want to hear from you. Post your ideas here and on our Facebook page.

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