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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Awesome “Talking Trash” Community Forum!

On November 3rd more than 30 committed folks joined ORS/The Exchange in a community forum to visualize the future of the solid waste management here on Orcas, and for all of San Juan County. Conversations covered the…

Sorting Through the Plastic Numbers

Recycling Plastics

We’ve been discussing plastics a lot lately. And for good reason. But have you ever been confused by those numbers listed on plastics? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…what makes one plastic different from another….