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),…

Smart Glass Separation

Here is some basic guidance for glass recycling! What goes into your glass tote: Bottles/jars/jugs–empty, clean, and ideally no labels or caps or corks– labels on may be OK, and the aluminum rim on the neck…

The Exchange is 40 Years Old!

Exchange Orcas Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been four decades, but on Friday September 24th, The Exchange will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with special deals in the store, free hot dogs and lemonade, and gift certificate giveaways….

Zero Waste Mulch Available

True zero waste in practice! We have been taking the green waste you bring us, and grinding it up into mulch to re-use on the island! The result is a clean, fine mulch – the best…

New Glass Crusher is on its Way

A brand-new glass crusher will soon be on the road to Orcas from the Andela factory in upstate New York. These pictures show our crusher being made to order. Site prep has begun at the Orcas…

A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Volunteers

Our docents have done a super job this year working at the “Z-wall” to help customers understand how to correctly separate cardboard for recycling.  Our customers get it and we have very little contamination in the cardboard bin. The docents…

New Glass Crusher on The Way

Glass Crusher deposit

Thanks to your support over the last year, we have placed a $57,000 down payment on a new glass crushing system from Andela Products Company, of Richfield Springs, NY. Glass has little or no value as…

The Docents Are Back!

Cardboard recycling on Orcas Island

Last summer ORS began a recycling docent program that put volunteer recycling experts out on the “Z-Wall” at the Orcas Transfer Station. It was a huge success! Last year we introduced a cardboard pilot program that has…

ORS Separating Cardboard

Recycle cardboard

Orcas Recycling Services has taken a major step in how we recycle and has been running a pilot program for separating cardboard from other recyclables. Cardboard represents 40 to 50 percent of the recycling stream on…

Great Islands Clean-up Spring 2021 Results

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up! Almost 5,500 pounds of litter was picked up and properly disposed of by 343 volunteers! See below for the full breakdown!




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