The Exchange at The Grange

The Exchange at The Grange Swap Meet is back this year! Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 4pm we’ll have art projects for kids, hot dogs and lemonade, a “Trashion Fashion” Show (beginning at 3pm!) and…

A Solstice Sew4ZeroWaste

With the sun shining and work spaces set up both inside and outside of The Exchange, the Sew4ZeroWaste workshop restarted – the first since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. The small, but fun…

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…

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.