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….

FREE Paint Recycling Now Available at The Exchange!

Paint Recycling at the Exchange on Orcas Island

ORS is now a FREE recycling center for all latex and oil-based paint and stains!! Washington’s new paint stewardship law requires the paint manufacturing industry to develop a financially sustainable and environmentally responsible program to manage…

Rental Property Waste

The road to a zero-waste community is not easy – especially on an island! To achieve zero waste, materials must either be returned safely to a re-use cycle on Orcas (ie The Exchange, Buy Sell Trade,…

Zero Waste Mulch Available

True zero waste in practice! We have been taking the green waste you bring us, and grinding it up into mulch to re-use on the island! The result is a clean, fine mulch – the best…

Compost Inspiration

composting

Greetings Composters! April’s sunny skies have a lot of us out in the gardens…and hopefully working on composting. In this month’s column we are sharing some unique videos to watch for inspiration and instruction while you’re…

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…

Recognition by Zero Waste Washington

Orcas Island Recycling Services/The Exchange was recently recognized by Zero Waste Washington with a number of other zero waste movements across Washington State. Author Mariel Fernandez Thuraisingham writes: “Orcas Island Recycling Services and Exchange began as…

VERMI-what???

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 has ran multiple successful Beeswax Wrap classes. This Workshop focuses on making your own reusable items from Beeswax! Replace all those zipped plastic bags with beeswax wraps, and beeswax sandwich and snack…