Film Inspires Plastic Free Living

On March 7th the Seaview Theater in Eastsound was packed for a screening of the beautifully-made but disturbing film “A Plastic Ocean”. Hosted by the Orcas Island Film Festival, The Exchange, and several other local groups and…

Where Does All the Food Waste Go?

orcas farmers use food waste

Late last year when the nation-wide recycling crisis consumed the news, we decided to push forward on our Recycle 2.0 program, hoping it would advance the conversation about achieving a zero-waste community. Food waste has been…

Keeping Waste Local: Need a Garbage Can?

Lotioncrafter cans

ORS was recently approached by Lotioncrafter, one of our awesome local companies, about what to do with the excess 55 gallon steel drums they have as a by-product of their business. They are beautiful barrels, brand-new,…

Hazardous Waste Roundup March 8th

Household Hazardous Waste

After years of once-a-year pickups that many of us missed, ORS and San Juan County have finally introduced quarterly collection events managed on-island. Our second local collection event is Friday March 8th from 10 a.m. to…

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…

Be Mindful of Holiday Packaging

It’s that time of year again when you order stuff online (yes, most of us do it) and we get inundated with retailer packaging materials and gift wrapping products that are, unfortunately, not recyclable. We’re reminding everyone…

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….

Exchange Online Store Launches

The Exchange online store

For months we have been discussing how to launch an online store that would first take into consideration our local community. And now we have a solution! We recently launched The Exchange Online Store where unique…

Paint Recycling Now Available at The Exchange

Paint Recycling at the Exchange on Orcas Island

ORS is now a recycling center for latex paint! Gather up your old, leftover, or unwanted latex paint (liquid form) and drop it off  for a small fee. No oil-based paints will be accepted. This service…

WATCH: How The Orcas Exchange Became a Zero Waste Model

Watch the story of how a rag-tag island swap meet turned into a model non-profit, zero-waste reuse and recycling facility.