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)

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…

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”…

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…

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…

New Glass Crusher is on its Way

A brand-new glass crusher will soon be on the road to Orcas from the Andela factory in upstate New York. These pictures show our crusher being made to order. Site prep has begun at the Orcas…

New Glass Crusher on The Way

Glass Crusher deposit

Thanks to your support over the last year, we have placed a $57,000 down payment on a new glass crushing system from Andela Products Company, of Richfield Springs, NY. Glass has little or no value as…