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…

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…

Skills That Matter-Sew 4 Zero Waste

ORS/The Exchange board member Asifa Pasin recently had the opportunity to bring her Sew 4 Zero Waste class back to life after a long hiatus due to Covid.  Sew 4 Zero Waste is a program Pasin…

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…

Comparing Product Packaging

Plastic, glass or aluminum? Do you consider the packaging of the product you’re purchasing? Check out this fun infographic comparing your packaging choices for soda. (Cost to recycle based on ORS current pricing)

Baler Building Update

It’s been an exciting month on the Baler Building project! First off, we have officially submitted a building permit application to San Juan County! That’s a huge step, completed with thanks to our Project Manager, Ken…

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…

Plastic Recycling Explained

Changes are likely coming soon to the type of plastics that will be recyclable in San Juan County. In the past we’ve accepted most plastics in the co-mingled recycling stream. Soon only #1 and #2 plastics…

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”…