The Glass Crusher Is On The Way!

Andela, the company in upstate New York that is making our glass crusher, let us know that the new system is ready to go, and will arrive in mid-August. Work has begun on the site, with…

#1 and #2 Plastic Pros and Cons

Changes may be coming soon to the type of plastics that will be recyclable on Orcas. In the past we’ve accepted Plastics 1-7 but soon we may only be accepting 1 and 2. Here’s a little…

Rental Property Waste

The road to a zero-waste community is not easy – especially on an island! To achieve zero waste, materials must either be returned safely to a re-use cycle on Orcas (ie The Exchange, Buy Sell Trade,…

Catching up with Historical Garbage

Since the first Great Islands Clean-up in 2014, we have been tracking the number of volunteers, miles we’ve cleaned up, and pounds of garbage picked up per mile on Orcas. As you can see from the…

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…

Adopt-a-Road Program Launching

As a result of concerned Orcas residents about the increasing amounts of litter on our roadside, the Orcas Adopt-a-Road program is about to launch! This program is a great example of community voices joining forces with…

Recycle Aluminum & Cardboard

Watch this informative video about recycling aluminum and cardboard brought to you by ORS/The Exchange and the Orcas Island High School Environmental Club.

Update: Plastic Bag Ban

Jan 1 Update: Governor Inslee has delayed the implementation of the plastic bag ban citing supply chain issues affecting retailers’ ability to procure the alternative bags due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll keep you updated as…

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…

Where does our e-waste go?

We were asked recently where the electronics recycling for Orcas goes, so we decided to go check it out. Turns out it goes to a cool little operation north of Lynnwood, WA called E-Wastes. We got…