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Bainbridge Island Zero Waste

Bainbridge Island Zero Waste strives to reduce the amount of waste produced by our community, from the purchase of material to disposal. We encourage changes in behavior that lead to the sustainable use of our resources.

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Want to be on the BI Zero Waste listserv and receive 2-3 informative e-newsletters a month?
Issues may contain feature articles, news about ZW activities, special recycling opportunities, pertinent legislative updates, regional zw news, meeting dates and minutes, and chances to volunteer for zero waste events.

Contact us for this or any other reason at .

NEXT MEETING - September 11, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West. 
• No July
• August (steering committee only) 
• September 11, 7-8:30pm at the Marge
• October 12, 11am-12:30pm at Sotheby's
• November (steering committee only)
• No December


July 20 & 21 - Styrofoam & CD Recycling Collection, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, Bay Hay and Feed barn. PLEASE VOLUNTEER! Details here.
July 20 - Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market Zero Waste booth, Saturday, 9am-1pm. 
July 27 - Styrofoam Recycling Collection, 9am-3pm, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds sheep barn.  Details here.
August 6 - National Night Out, Tuesday, 5-8pm @ Waterfront Park. Help us staff the two discard stations. Doodle sign-up is here.
August 15 - Rubber Jellyfish, documentary on helium balloons and sea turtles. Co-hosting with Zero Waste Washington, Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm at Eagle Harbor Church. Also hear about proposed plastic legislation by ZWW for the 2020 state legislative session.
August 17 - Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market Zero Waste booth, Saturday, 9am-1pm.  We welcome your company at the booth. Email .


BAINBRIDGE ISLAND STYRO & CD/DVD COLLECTION - Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, 10am-4pm, at Bay Hay and Feed. 
What we accept: Clean, white, dry, snappable Styrofoam block packaging, coolers, AND PEANUTS. Remove ALL tape and labels. Peanuts must be bagged -- no debris mixed in.
25-cent donation requested.
We need snappers! Sign up to VOLUNTEER HERE.
This event is possible only because of host and transportation sponsor, Bay Hay and Feed.
Thank you also to UCB for its monetary contribution; to Town and Country Market, for prepping and supplying bags at cost; and to Kitsap Solid Waste, for the "snapping" boxes.

ZERO WASTE FARMERS' MARKET BOOTH - Saturday, July 20, 9am-1pm, at City Hall Town Square.  Spend an hour hobnobbing with ZW veterans and interested passersby. Email Barbara Ochota at bochota at
What happens when balloon meets sea turtle? Find out in this 80-minute documentary and meet the filmmaker herself!
When: Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Eagle Harbor Church, 105 Winslow Way W., Bainbridge Island
Co-hosts: BI Zero Waste and Zero Waste Washington
Post-film Q&A with the director, Carly Wilson, plus overview of proposed plastic legislation for 2020 from ZWW executive director, Heather Trim.

Thank you to the Bainbridge Community Foundation, whose 2019 capacity-building grant has helped our Zero Waste organization grow towards a more sustainable future.   

Help out farmer Rebecca Slattery of Persephone Farm by bringing the following items for reuse* to her Saturday booth at the BI Farmers' Market:
  • 1-quart plastic containers, clear or white. She puts the flowers she sells to restaurants in them.
  • Grocery-sized paper bags, with or without handles. They make good customer take-home bags for her starter pots.
* This year she does not want the 4" square starter plant pots because she currently has plenty in her inventory.
Here's a 2-minute reminder why you should NEVER put plastic bags in with other recyclables.

NONRECYCLABLE PLASTIC COLLECTION - V Calvez is making insulated "brick" blocks from some types of nonrecyclable plastic to create an exterior for the Earth Cube composting vessel.  Please read all the details here.
MEDICATION TAKE-BACK YEAR-ROUND - In late 2017, the Kitsap Public Health Board approved an ordinance establishing secure medicine return regulations throughout the county, including on Bainbridge.  On the island, the police station is where our dropbox is located (no needles!). It is free for all county residents.  Those who are homebound may dispose of unused medicine by mail at no cost.  Go here for all the details.

STOP FOOD WASTE - How to store 100 fruit and vegetables to prevent spoilage. See pages 4-11 of this guide by Seattle Public Utilities. Wasted food = wasted resources (water and energy used to produce, package and transport) and money down the drain.

Except for infant formula, the following dates on food/drink packaging do NOT mean, "throw away". (Source: Food and Drug Administration):
"Best if Used By/Before" indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
"Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
"Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except for when used on infant formula as described below.

INSPIRATION for students and adults alike...
Check out this 4-minute video of 4 years of trash, then choose some of Lauren Singer's "Trash is for Tossers" brief FAQ youtube clips to see how to make one change at a time toward a zero waste lifestyle:

PLASTIC PLEDGE - Single-use plastic: We use for minutes, yet it lives on for hundreds of years.  Plastic is fast becoming the fatal food of marine animals, as plastic bits are on pace to outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. (And behavioral evidence says they seek out plastic because the biological matter covering it, like algae, mimics the smell of food).

Take our plastic pledge.  For one month, switch from using a single-use plastic item to a durable one (or none at all).  We're hoping it becomes a lifelong habit!

Start with this: Stop sucking! 


FOOD DISPOSAL - Clean your plate!  But if you have leftovers, ANY scraps-- including meat and bones! -- can go in the Bainbridge Disposal yard waste container.  Go here to receive service.  Bainbridge Disposal trucks the island's yard waste to North Mason Fiber in Belfair.

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RECYCLE ANYTHING WITH A CORD (that is, if you can't pass it on or fix it) - Take to Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.  Put in designated box in the e-waste section.
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PARTY TIME! - Throwing a big bash?  Keep disposal costs down by borrowing tableware from Zero Waste.  ZW has a tableware lending library of reusable dishes, cups, glasses, utensils, napkins and tablecloths.  Contact for your next function.
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WHERE DOES OUR RECYCLING GO? - It is trucked to the Port of Tacoma to a materials recovery facility (MRF, pronounced "murf") run by Waste Management.  There the mixed recyclables are sorted by type, baled, then sold off to be processed into new materials.  Here is a short video explaining the general process. For a bit longer video about the actual Kitsap County recycling process, go here.