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Origins of composting in Havana

A little hardship grew to big changes in Cuba in 1991.  After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Cuba lost 80% of their imports and were forced to become self-reliant in producing food. …

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…

Replace Plastic Wrap with Beeswax Wrap!

Board Member, Asifa Pasin will be running another Beeswax Wrap class on February 22, 2020 from 2pm-6pm. The Workshop will focus on making your own reusable items from Beeswax! Replace all those zipped plastic bags with…

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…

Zero Waste Mulch Available Now!

zero waste mulch

For a couple of years now we have been accepting clean green yard-waste material at a significant discount. We just did our second major grind, and now we have over 200 yards of totally local composted mulch for sale! What…

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…

Using 3D Printing for Plastic Reuse

3D printing reuse

The Orcas Food Co-op, the Funhouse and The Exchange are teaming up to start an exciting plastic recycling project. A generous local donor purchased the equipment needed to grind up plant-based plastics (PLA), heat it, and…

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…

Workshops at The Exchange

The Exchange Orcas Island

When ORS was planning the new Exchange, we committed to using the building for workshops, classes, and events that served our mission of Zero Waste.  We have now started this exciting component of our mission –…