Sew4ZeroWaste Trashion Fashion

Come and create a runway-worthy outfit at our next Sew4ZeroWaste workshop and then strut your stuff during the Trashion Fashion Show during the Swap Meet at The Grange.   Sunday, August 21st: Sew4ZeroWaste Workshop at The…

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…

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…

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…

Last Chance for Totes

We’re down to our LAST 20 TOTES! WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO about recycling glass and other products on Orcas for your chance to grab one of our blue glass recycling totes for FREE! Simply follow the…

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…

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…