ORS To Begin Separating Cardboard

Recycle cardboard

Orcas Recycling Services is set to take a major step in how we recycle, and we could use your help. Starting the 30th of May, ORS will begin a pilot program for separating cardboard from other recyclables.

Cardboard represents 40 to 50 percent of the recycling stream on Orcas, it is a material with real value, but unfortunately it is often contaminated when mixed with other recyclables—especially glass.

To get the program off to a good start, we are recruiting volunteer ‘docents’ that can assist customers at the drop-off point to instruct and offer explanations on how to sort their recycling properly.

Docents will be trained on all facets of recycling by our executive director, Pete Moe.  The training will be done at the transfer station on Wednesday the 29th of May from 3 to 5 p.m.  If you would like to help out, please contact volunteer coordinator Jim “Duff” Duffield at duff@exchangeorcas.org or 360-376-3032.

The Exchange Recycle 2.0

At this point, we anticipate we will need docent help until the 4th of July.  After that, many islanders will have learned the new system. Docents will be asked to work one or more shifts in the 5-week period, and shifts will be from one to three hours.  We will be as flexible as possible, and the more trained docents we have, the fewer shifts will need to be filled by any one person.  We look forward to your assistance!