Get Off Your Glass and Do Something

We are a little preoccupied with glass recycling these days…for obvious reasons. But we’re not the first to do it and, thankfully, we won’t be the last. There are some really interesting uses for glass happening…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

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…