Orcas Transfer Station Charges to Go Up in October

Eastsound WA—Due to continuing turmoil and skyrocketing prices in the recycling industry, and greater expenses over all, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) has determined that charges for both garbage and recycling will need to increase this fall….

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…

Fall Household Hazardous Waste Round-up: Saturday, October 5th

The next Household Hazardous Waste Round-up will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5th. Bring us anything you have out in the shed you want to get rid of—EXCEPT: No used fuels…

Upcoming Workshops at The Exchange

SEW4ZEROWASTE  Thursday, September 26 (4pm-6pm) at The Exchange Annex – contact asifa@exchangeorcas.org Make Your Own Beeswax Wrap Saturday, October 26 (11am-2pm) at The Exchange Annex – contact asifa@exchangeorcas.org Talking Trash: Way Beyond Worms – A Community…

Fall Great Islands Clean Up

Join us on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 28, from 10am – 2pm as we clean up the roads and beaches in the San Juans. Bags, grabbers, safety vests and latex gloves will be available…

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…