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…

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…

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…

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…

Exciting Legislation in Congress

In March 2021 HR2238 (House) and S984 (Senate) the “Break Free From Plastic Act” was introduced and sent to committee. The bill would ban some single-use plastic products, set recycled content requirements and enact a national…

Recycle Aluminum & Cardboard

Watch this informative video about recycling aluminum and cardboard brought to you by ORS/The Exchange and the Orcas Island High School Environmental Club.

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…