Zero Waste Mulch is Back for Spring

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 To Begin Separating Cardboard

Recycle cardboard

Orcas Recycling Services is set to take a major step in how we recycle, and we could use your help. Starting the 30th of May, ORS will begin a pilot program for separating cardboard from other recyclables….

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 Coming to 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 are ready to get started with this exciting component of…

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…

Trashion Fashion at Earth Day Festival

Trashion Fashion Show

Join us for the TRASHION FASHION SHOW during the EARTH DAY FESTIVAL Sunday, April 21 at The Orcas Center | 5:30p   This is where art, fashion, and ecology come together for a fun event. If…

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…

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…

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 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…