The Great Islands Clean-Up – A Great Success!

ORS/The Exchange would like to congratulate everyone involved in the 2017 county-wide Great Islands Clean-up, that happened on Earth Day, April 22nd.

On Orcas Island, 77 volunteers picked up a record 2,670 pounds of trash from Orcas public roads, trails and beaches. In fact, we covered a record 30.6 miles of road, and 1.8 beach miles! For the data hungry, that’s 82.28 pounds per mile.

Thanks to San Juan County Public Works, and the Washington State Department of Ecology for grant support for the event.

During the clean-up on Orcas, there were four checkpoints across the island (Village Green, Orcas Village, Deer Harbor, and Olga). ORS setup volunteers with supplies and safety gear, managed the event, and threw a volunteer appreciation party at the brewery after all the work was done!

Special thanks to Island Market, Island Hoppin Brewery, San Juan Sanitation, Dirul-Islam Shamsid-Deen, Wildlife Cycles, Score! Nifty Thrifty, Teezer’s, New Leaf Cafe, Rose’s Bakery, Eric Morris & the Odd Fellows, Doe Bay Resort and The Orcas Hotel.

Extra special thanks to our volunteers of the year: Ross Keller, Mark Mayer, Larry Coddington, Brieanna Bitzer, and Ginger Moore!

Last October, the first-ever fall clean-up took place on Orcas. ORS intends to to organize another fall clean-up this year. If you would like to be involved in the fall or spring clean-ups please apply to volunteer via the ORS website.