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…

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…

The Compost Pile Explained

There is a difference between soil creation and a moldering heap. Composting is a process that works to speed up the natural decay of organic material by providing the ideal conditions for detritus-eating organisms to thrive….

The Exchange Supports Art for Kids At Home

If you have OISD kids at home between the ages of 5 and 18, Art for Orcas Kids (AOK) is offering free weekly age appropriate art packs during this period of social distancing. Brook Meinhardt is…

What’s Wrong with this Photo?

A photo taken earlier this month at the recycling wall area raises this question: A. Is it mixed, co-mingled recycling dumped on top of separated clean, dry, flattened, corrugated cardboard that has value; or B. Is…

Household Hazardous Waste Round-up November 19th

ORS/The Exchange will host the last hazardous waste collection event of 2022 this Saturday, November 19, from 10am-3pm. Bring in all your unwanted household chemicals—but no paint or fuel at this event. It will not be…

My Exchange Story: Mount Baker Farm

Mount Baker Farm on Orcas Island

When Ruth, Cheryl and Barb bought the Mount Baker Farm property on Orcas Island, they were determined to offer a unique experience for islanders and tourists, alike. They did this by creating 58 campsites that sit…

Don’t Waste The Good Stuff!

Orcas Exchange Recycling Aluminum Cans

What’s wrong with this picture? Look at all of those valuable aluminum cans in the garbage! With a little forethought, the person who threw these cans into the bin could have source-separated them. We offer a…

WATCH: How The Orcas Exchange Became a Zero Waste Model

Watch the story of how a rag-tag island swap meet turned into a model non-profit, zero-waste reuse and recycling facility.

Creativity Shines at Trashion Fashion Show

This year’s “Trashion Fashion” show was so much fun! The creativity from all you local artists and designers was inspiring. Thanks to all who participated (humans and animals alike), and to Asifa Pasin for running the…