Round-Up for Real Recycling!

Help ORS build a recycling facility on Orcas. The recycling system in America is currently broken. And while we can’t fix the Country, we do have a solution for Orcas. Next time you come to the…

Amazing Earth Day Weekend

Trashion Fashion Orcas

On Saturday, April 20, almost 100 people cared for our islands by picking up 1,940 pounds of trash. The following day, we held the first-annual Earth Day Festival at the Orcas Center — and it was…

Zero Waste Mulch is Back for Spring

zero waste mulch

For a couple of years now we have been accepting clean green yard-waste material at a significant discount. We just did our second major grind, and now we have over 200 yards of totally local composted mulch for sale! What…

ORS Separating Cardboard

Recycle cardboard

Orcas Recycling Services has taken a major step in how we recycle, and we could use your help. Since May 30, ORS has been running a pilot program for separating cardboard from other recyclables. Cardboard represents…

Hazardous Waste Roundup June 23rd

Household Hazardous Waste

The annual County-wide hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd. The event is free to all Orcas households. Businesses must register in advance. You can do that here. We will be accepting gasoline…

Great Islands Clean Up Spring 2019 A Success

Great Islands Clean Up

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Spring 2019 Great Islands Clean Up! Almost 6,000 pounds of litter was picked up and properly disposed of by 441 volunteers! The impressive numbers are below! Special thanks…

Trashion Fashion at Earth Day Festival

Trashion Fashion Show

Join us for the TRASHION FASHION SHOW during the EARTH DAY FESTIVAL Sunday, April 21 at The Orcas Center | 5:30p   This is where art, fashion, and ecology come together for a fun event. If…

A Big Thanks to AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps volunteers on Orcas Island

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the AmeriCorps workers who volunteered their help to Orcas Recycling Services in February. Eleven workers spent Saturday the 2nd doing a variety of tasks–cleaning up garbage spread around by seagulls…

Where Does All the Food Waste Go?

orcas farmers use food waste

Late last year when the nation-wide recycling crisis consumed the news, we decided to push forward on our Recycle 2.0 program, hoping it would advance the conversation about achieving a zero-waste community. Food waste has been…

Keeping Waste Local: Need a Garbage Can?

Lotioncrafter cans

ORS was recently approached by Lotioncrafter, one of our awesome local companies, about what to do with the excess 55 gallon steel drums they have as a by-product of their business. They are beautiful barrels, brand-new,…