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…

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…

Lopez: A Model for the Future

On June 11 a group of ORS/Exchange board and staff members travelled to Lopez island and spent the day checking out the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District’s facilities on Fisherman bay Road. They visited with the…

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…

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….

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)

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…

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…