Reducing Plastic Waste with Beeswax Wraps

Board Member, Asifa Pasin recently hosted an Exchange Workshop that allowed participants to learn to create their own beeswax wraps. The Workshop also focused on education as attendees discussed ways to reduce the amount of plastic…

Orcas Transfer Station Charges Recently Raised

Eastsound WA—Due to continuing turmoil and skyrocketing prices in the recycling industry, and greater expenses over all, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) determined that charges for both garbage and recycling needed to be increased October 2019. On…

Step-by-Step to Recycling Plastics

The NPR recently published a helpful infographic on the in’s and out’s of plastic recycling. If you were not already aware, plastic recycling can be a little different from location to location around the state, and…

Upcoming Workshops at The Exchange

Sew4ZeroWaste Workshops: Saturday, November 16 (2pm-4pm) at The Exchange Annex – contact asifa@exchangeorcas.org November FEATURED Workshop: Upcycling and Repurposing Clothes or Materials to Create Your Own Style or Gift Saturday, November 30 (4pm-7pm) at The Exchange…

Fall Great Islands Clean Up

Great Islands Clean Up

It was another successful Great Islands Clean Up! On September 28th (National Public Lands Day), all islands gathered from 10am – 2pm and cleaned up the roads and beaches in the San Juans. We killed it…

Help Us Upgrade Island Recycling!

Help ORS build an up-graded 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…

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 Available Now!

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…