Secure Your Load for Safer Roads

Eastsound, WA: With the Great Islands Clean-up fast approaching on Saturday, April 23, 2022, San Juan County will be launching a 6-week campaign, Secure Your Load for Safer Roads, that will focus on educating islanders and…

Show and Tell Time for Big Blue

Our glass crusher, Big Blue, has been in operation now for more than four months, and it is doing a great job. So many people supported the acquisition of Big Blue that we thought you’d like…

GICU 2022: The Results Are In

Great job, Orcas! During this year’s Spring 2022 Great Islands Clean-up we had 71 volunteers cover 55.5 miles of road and beaches – including two miles of inaccessible beach via kayak!! Our trash per miles amount…

More Totes Available

ORS is really gratified that so many islanders took advantage of the offer of a free plastic tote to make separating glass recycling as easy as possible. Our second order of totes will allow us to…

Docents Back on Duty

It looks like spring is here, and it is time for the docents to return to the Z-wall at the transfer station. The persons you see when you bring in your recyclables are volunteers. They will…

Great Minds Think Alike

We were excited to learn that we are not the only place in the state that is crushing and reusing glass—so is Lake Chelan! The Lake Chelan Rotary was able to secure grants and donations to…

Baler Project on Track!

Design and engineering are just about complete for our new Baler Building; we plan on having a permit application package ready to go to San Juan County before the end of January. Thanks so much to…

Free Glass Tote Program A Success

Spearheaded by our board president Jim Duffield, and thanks to a generous grant from the Can’dAid Foundation, The Exchange was able to purchase 300 plastic recycling totes to give away to Orcas residents interested in separating…

Another Step Toward Zero Waste

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) moved closer to its mission of “creating a zero waste community…” on November 3rd. About 40 invited guests–donors, contractors, public servants, and ORS staff–gathered to dedicate the new glass crusher. Jim “Duff”…

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…