The Exchange Celebrates Five Year Anniversary!

Where has the time gone?  It seems like it was just a short time ago that The Exchange reopened. But would you believe it’s actually been five years? Join us in celebrating this milestone as we…

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 the crushed glass-sand that we are making right here at The Exchange with your recycled…

Great Islands Clean-up Recap

Thanks to all of you who came out on September 24th for the 7th Annual Fall Great Islands Clean-up! Together we picked up 1,040 pounds of trash from 42 miles of roadsides and beaches. We had…

Skills That Matter-Sew4ZeroWaste

Sew4Zero Waste is a program Board Member Asifa Pasin started at The Exchange allowing community members to learn and practice sewing skills, participate in zero waste practices, and work on personal projects while networking with others….

Baler Building Update

The building permit for the Baler Building has been approved by San Juan County! The next step is to develop a “Request For Proposals” or RFP that the County will put out in an effort to attract…

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…

Another Step Toward Zero Waste

Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) moved closer to its mission of “creating a zero waste community…” on November 3rd. About 40 invited guests–donors, contractors, public servants, and ORS staff–gathered to dedicate the new glass crusher. Jim “Duff”…

The Exchange is 40 Years Old!

Exchange Orcas Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s been four decades, but on Friday September 24th, The Exchange will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with special deals in the store, free hot dogs and lemonade, and gift certificate giveaways….