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.”
In 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.
In November of 2017 we re-opened The Exchange in a brand-new 5,000 square foot building–and we’ve been reusing all over the island ever since! 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.