Get Off Your Glass and Do Something

We are a little preoccupied with glass recycling these days…for obvious reasons. But we’re not the first to do it and, thankfully, we won’t be the last. There are some really interesting uses for glass happening…

Lopez: A Model for the Future

On June 11 a group of ORS/Exchange board and staff members travelled to Lopez island and spent the day checking out the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District’s facilities on Fisherman bay Road. They visited with the…

Secure Your Load for Safer Roads

Remember to secure any trash being transported in or on vehicles. “Failing to secure a load, depending on the circumstances, could be charged up to a gross misdemeanor,” says San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs. “If…

Have You Seen the Exchange Gallery?

From time-to-time we have had some amazing artworks and collectables donated to us by some of our most supportive Orcas residents. Visits to the gallery, which is upstairs at The Exchange, are by appointment only. Shoot…

Great Minds Think Alike

We were excited to learn that we are not the only place in the state that is crushing and reusing glass—so is Lake Chelan! The Lake Chelan Rotary was able to secure grants and donations to…

Have You Met Dexter?

Dateline: Orcas Recycling Services, Orcas Island, WA: It’s Monday. First to arrive as always, Cindy Lundquist unlocks the big, swinging bar gate and parks her car in the usual spot. She moves with the confident step…

A “Good” Clothing Option

The Exchange continues to have some limitations on accepting clothing donations and we understand this, in turn, effects our customers’ ability to buy preowned clothing from us. Board Member Asifa Pasin shares her recent experience with…

Conscious Cards & Wrapping Paper

Not surprising, we’re seeing a lot of non-recyclable wrapping materials being put in the recycling after the holidays. At first glance, it seems like all gift wrap, tissue paper, and cards would be recyclable, but a closer…

Another Successful GICU

This year during the annual Fall 2021 Great Islands Clean Up, It Takes a Village to Clean an Island, Orcas volunteers removed 600 pounds of garbage from our beaches and roads. Compared to the Fall 2020…

Catching up with Historical Garbage

Since the first Great Islands Clean-up in 2014, we have been tracking the number of volunteers, miles we’ve cleaned up, and pounds of garbage picked up per mile on Orcas. As you can see from the…