The Exchange at The Grange

The Exchange at The Grange Swap Meet is back this year! Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 4pm we’ll have art projects for kids, hot dogs and lemonade, a “Trashion Fashion” Show (beginning at 3pm!) and…

GICU Fall 2022 Sept. 24

SAVE THE DATE for the Fall 2022 Great Islands Clean-up! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10am to 2pm. Earlier this year 350 volunteers covered 173 miles of island roads and…

Orcas Glass Challenge

Calling all artists, makers, innovators, up-cyclists and landscapers! Join the Orcas Glass Challenge and show us your most creative ideas for using crushed glass that’s made right here at The Exchange.  The Challenge begins July 1, 2022…

A Solstice Sew4ZeroWaste

With the sun shining and work spaces set up both inside and outside of The Exchange, the Sew4ZeroWaste workshop restarted – the first since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. The small, but fun…

Big Blue Glass Crusher Tours

Our glass crusher, Big Blue, has been in operation now for several months, and it is doing a great job. So many people supported the acquisition of Big Blue that we thought you’d like to see…

Baler Building Update

The building permit for the Baler Building has been submitted to San Juan County thanks to our Project Manager, Ken Katz! Supporters helped us raise funds for Baler equipment through the GiveOrcas Campaign and we recently were…

Skills That Matter-Sew 4 Zero Waste

ORS/The Exchange board member Asifa Pasin recently had the opportunity to bring her Sew 4 Zero Waste class back to life after a long hiatus due to Covid.  Sew 4 Zero Waste is a program Pasin…

Baler Project on Track!

Design and engineering are just about complete for our new Baler Building; we plan on having a permit application package ready to go to San Juan County before the end of January. Thanks so much to…

Free Glass Tote Program A Success

Spearheaded by our board president Jim Duffield, and thanks to a generous grant from the Can’dAid Foundation, The Exchange was able to purchase 300 plastic recycling totes to give away to Orcas residents interested in separating…

FREE Paint Recycling

Paint Recycling at the Exchange on Orcas Island

ORS is a FREE recycling center for all latex and oil-based paint and stains!! Washington’s new paint stewardship law requires the paint manufacturing industry to develop a financially sustainable and environmentally responsible program to manage post-consumer…