Talking Trash at the SJC Fair

Join representatives from the waste facilities on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands at the San Juan County Fair Green Village on Thursday, August 18th from 3-4pm. Hear the latest updates about their programs and ask…

Comparing Product Packaging

Plastic, glass or aluminum? Do you consider the packaging of the product you’re purchasing? Check out this fun infographic comparing your packaging choices for soda. (Cost to recycle based on ORS current pricing)

Plastic Recycling Explained

Changes are likely coming soon to the type of plastics that will be recyclable in San Juan County. In the past we’ve accepted most plastics in the co-mingled recycling stream. However it is likely that in…

Non-Recyclable Item: TetraPak

You’ve seen ‘em, you use ‘em, everyone does. These are the rectangular cartons that hold soups and soup stock. They are also commonly used for different types of milk, juice boxes, and even wine. They are…

Put Cardboard in its Place

recycling cardboard

When you pull up to the recycling area at ORS you may already know that the dedicated cardboard container is the one on the far right. We understand, however, that there is still some confusion because…

Rental Property Waste

The road to a zero-waste community is not easy – especially on an island! To achieve zero waste, materials must either be returned safely to a re-use cycle on Orcas (ie The Exchange, Buy Sell Trade,…

Glass Recycling: What to Know

Here’s what you need to know about separating your glass recycling at ORS/The Exchange. How much will it cost to recycle glass?  Separated glass (and cardboard) will cost $3.00 per garbage can, or $150 per ton—an…

Docents Back on Duty

It looks like spring is here, and it is time for the docents to return to the Z-wall at the transfer station. The persons you see when you bring in your recyclables are volunteers. They will…

Smart Glass Separation

Here is some basic guidance for glass recycling! What goes into your glass tote: Bottles/jars/jugs–empty, clean, and ideally no labels or caps or corks– labels on may be OK, and the aluminum rim on the neck…

Drop Off Your Xmas Tree for Free!

Drop off your dried-out Christmas tree at the transfer station for no charge. We’ll add it to our green waste compost pile. Just make sure it completely free of ornaments, tinsel, etc. Did you know that we…