What Contaminates a Load of Mixed Recycling?

Last month we focused on how plastic bags, sheets, packing pillows, and other items can mess up the sophisticated machinery where our loads of co-mingled recycling are processed. This month we’ll explain how an entire load…

September Recycling Tip: The Scoop On Recycling Plastic Film

recycling or trash

For more than a year ORS has been encouraging folks to put all plastic film (plastic bags, plastic wraps, bubble wraps, air pillows, etc) in the garbage, and out of the mixed recycling. Yet folks often…

A “Good” Clothing Option

The Exchange continues to have some limitations on accepting clothing donations and we understand this, in turn, effects our customers’ ability to buy preowned clothing from us. Board Member Asifa Pasin shares her recent experience with…

August Recycling Tip: No Plastic Film

Recycling contaminants

This summer, you may meet one of our Recycling Docents at the Orcas Transfer Station when you drop off your recycling. Docents are there to help educate everyone on how to recycle better.  They also try…

Exchange Loses Outlet for Excess Clothing; Forced to Limit Intake

The Exchange has always received A LOT of clothes. A lot of bedding. Towels. Bags and shoes. Textiles. Way more than we could ever sell in the store. Ever since we opened the new Exchange in…

July Recycling Tip

July Recycling Tip: Take your recycling efforts up a notch and separate your aluminum cans! For years, we’ve been collecting mixed recycling, including aluminum cans (beer and soda) being mixed in with other recyclable materials. While…

The Value of Docents at the Transfer Station

Recycling Cardboard

Our docents are back on duty at the Z-wall where you drop off your recyclable materials. We started this program in 2019 to explain our cardboard separation program, as well as answer other recycling questions. We…

Islanders Keep Great Islands Clean-Up Alive!

Great Islands Clean Up Orcas Island

The Great Islands Clean-Up (“GICU”) has been a County-wide celebration for the last seven years. Participants band together and scour the islands to pick up all the litter along the roads and beaches on Orcas, Lopez,…

Recycling is Not Enough–Reuse!

If you’re looking for ways to keep education flowing through your household during the stay-at-home orders, check out this video and discussion guide from Alex Eaves. Alex takes us on a journey around the country looking…

ORS/The Exchange Announces New Board President

Jim Duffield

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS)/The Exchange has elected Jim “Duff” Duffield as its new president of the board of directors. Duff replaces Tim Blanchard, who has served the board and ORS since its inception. Tim remains on…

The Exchange is Open - with Some Changes!

Drop-off days: Friday & Sunday (closed to shoppers) - RESERVATION REQUIRED

Shopping days: Thursday, Saturday, & Monday - Facial coverings required; Foot traffic may be limited

The Transfer Station is open normal hours: Thursday-Monday 10am-4pm