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…

Big Blue Glass Crusher Tours

Our glass crusher, Big Blue, has been in operation now for several months, and it is doing a great job. So many people supported the acquisition of Big Blue that we thought you’d like to see…

Skills That Matter-Sew 4 Zero Waste

ORS/The Exchange board member Asifa Pasin recently had the opportunity to bring her Sew 4 Zero Waste class back to life after a long hiatus due to Covid.  Sew 4 Zero Waste is a program Pasin…

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”…

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…

Update: Plastic Bag Ban

Jan 1 Update: Governor Inslee has delayed the implementation of the plastic bag ban citing supply chain issues affecting retailers’ ability to procure the alternative bags due to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll keep you updated as…

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…

A “Good” Clothing Option

The Exchange continues to have some limitations on accepting clothing donations and we understand this, in turn, effects our customers’ ability to buy preowned clothing from us. Board Member Asifa Pasin shares her recent experience with…

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….

Recycling is Not Enough–Reuse!

If you’re looking for ways to keep education flowing through your household during the stay-at-home orders, check out this video and discussion guide from Alex Eaves. Alex takes us on a journey around the country looking…