Callout for Docents

Recycling Cardboard

Last May, ORS began a pilot program to separate cardboard–corrugated, clean, dry, and flattened. Our goal is to build a habit pattern that will supply useable cardboard to the baler in our near future. Bales equal…

A (not so short) History of Compost

Prehistoric farmers discovered that manure from their domesticated animals – mixed with straw and other brush and crop residues – would gradually change into a fertile soil-like material that was good for crops.  The practice of…

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

A photo taken earlier this month at the recycling wall area raises this question: A. Is it mixed, co-mingled recycling dumped on top of separated clean, dry, flattened, corrugated cardboard that has value; or B. Is…

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

Make Your Own Beeswax Wrap February 22, 2020 (2pm-6pm) @ The Exchange Annex Back by popular demand! On Saturday February 22nd from 2pm to 6pm we’ll be offering our Workshop focused on making your own reusable items…

Docents Make a Difference

Cardboard recycling on Orcas Island

ORS has been doing a separation of cardboard pilot program for the past 10 weeks. In order to help customers understand the “why” and “how”, we have recruited volunteer docents to interact with customers who visit…

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…

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…

Recycle 2.0: Cardboard

The Exchange Recycle 2.0

Beginning in May, Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange will introduce a new recycling program, focusing on cardboard. One of the large 40-yard containers at the “Z-wall” will be dedicated to nothing but clean cardboard. Customers will be…