Non-Recyclable Item of the Month: FOOD

Non-recyclable items frequently end up in the recycling bin, causing a slew of problems. In this regular feature, we will focus each time on something that is NOT recyclable. For this first-time installment, we’re gonna focus on…

Recycling: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

Most of us believe that recycling is our civic and environmental duty. And certainly, as the system is designed now, it is. But if you dig deeper into recycling, you very quickly come upon this controversial concept:…

The Glass Problem

We have talked in the past about the problem with glass in the recycling stream. The problem is no one wants it. It is a commodity with a zero–or even negative–value. The writing is on the wall–recycling companies…

No More Plastic Bags…

Attention Orcas Recyclers: No More OPAQUE Plastic Bags! Please bring recyclables loose, in clear bags, or in recyclable containers like a cardboard box, or brown paper shopping bag. CLEAR plastic bags are also acceptable. We are…

Why We Gotta Recycle Batteries

ORS/The Exchange is excited to be accepting batteries of all kinds for proper disposal. Vehicle batteries are free, all others are $2.00 per pound. Here are two reasons we need to recycle batteries: 1. Batteries are made…

Dos and Don’ts of Recycling

It is no simple task to nail down the fine details of what is and what is not recyclable. Recycling is driven by an aftermarket for recycled materials, and values can vary wildly. While glass has…

Do you know where your landfill is?

It’s in the south east corner of Washington, near the town of Roosevelt. It’s about 7,000 feet from the Columbia River. Across the river in Oregon is the Columbia Ridge landfill, an even bigger operation. Check…