A Solstice Sew4ZeroWaste

With the sun shining and work spaces set up both inside and outside of The Exchange, the Sew4ZeroWaste workshop restarted – the first since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. The small, but fun…

Baler Building Update

The building permit for the Baler Building has been submitted to San Juan County thanks to our Project Manager, Ken Katz! Supporters helped us raise funds for Baler equipment through the GiveOrcas Campaign and we recently were…

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”…

Smart Glass Separation

Here is some basic guidance for glass recycling! What goes into your glass tote: Bottles/jars/jugs–empty, clean, and ideally no labels or caps or corks– labels on may be OK, and the aluminum rim on the neck…

The Exchange is 40 Years Old!

Exchange Orcas Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been four decades, but on Friday September 24th, The Exchange will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with special deals in the store, free hot dogs and lemonade, and gift certificate giveaways….

Spring Material and Tool Recycling

The arrival of spring means warmer weather, spring cleaning, as well as home, yard, and garden projects. If you’re doing any kind of building you’ve probably been shocked by the rising cost of lumber – up…

Put Cardboard in its Place

recycling cardboard

When you pull up to the recycling area at ORS you may already know that the dedicated cardboard container is the one on the far right. We understand, however, that there is still some confusion because…

Great Islands Clean Up becomes Month-long Individual Effort

Great Islands Clean Up

The Spring Great Islands Clean Up has been cancelled, but you can still do your part. In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary this April, Islanders are encouraged to use the whole month to help tidy…

Orcas Residents Supporting Health Care Workers

sewing health care gowns

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing shortages of personal-protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and hospice caregivers on Orcas Island. Some island residents have banded together and are actively working to help create solutions. When…

The Exchange Supports Art for Kids At Home

If you have OISD kids at home between the ages of 5 and 18, Art for Orcas Kids (AOK) is offering free weekly age appropriate art packs during this period of social distancing. Brook Meinhardt is…