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Bainbridge Island Zero Waste

Zero Waste

Bainbridge Island Zero Waste, an initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge, is dedicated to reducing the amount of trash generated on Bainbridge Island. We are diverting resources bound for the landfill by promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.

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Want to be on the BI Zero Waste listserv
and receive 2-4 emails a month?
You'll hear about ZW activities, field trips, special recycling events,
regional ZW news and monthly meeting dates, as well as be part of
the collective wisdom when we pose questions to the group.

Contact us for any reason at

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ZERO WASTE MONTHLY MEETINGS - Now the SECOND Wednesday of the month
except on quarterly Saturdays.
Wednesdays - At the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
Saturdays - At Sotheby's Realty (next to Bon Bon on Winslow Way) - Thank you for the meeting space!

NEXT MEETING - No July meeting.  Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 12, 11am-12:30pm, at Sotheby's Realty at 240 Winslow Way E.
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JULY 4th - All volunteer hands on deck!!!  Every year thousands of visitors flock to downtown Winslow for a good old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration.  BI Zero Waste takes part by staffing all the discard stations.  This requires FIFTY VOLUNTEERS to each take a two-hour shift and helpfully showing passersby in which bin to toss their discards: in recycling, compost or landfill.  We are rewarded with grateful smiles and comments.  Please sign up here. (Leave your email.) Number of persons needed per shift is in parentheses: 7-9am (3), 9-11am (10), 11-1pm (10), 1-3pm (during parade-10), 3-5pm (10), 5-6:30 (clean-up-5).

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STYROFOAM RECYCLING COLLECTION - July 22 & 23, 10am-4pm, at Bay Hay and Feed. Quarter donation requested to defray cost of big, thick plastic bags used to transport material to Styro Recycle in Kent.

Accepted: Clean, dry, white, snappable #6 Styrofoam only.  Remove ALL stickers and tape.
Not accepted: Styro "peanuts" - Take to the UPS Store for reuse.  They take clean bubble wrap, too.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - August 26 at COBI's property yard on Hidden Cove Road.  This event is held every two years on Bainbridge. Bring oil-based paints, stains, adhesives, aerosols, paint thinners, corrosive cleaners, yard chemicals, and pool/spa chemicals in their original containers.
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TRASHION SHOW - We SOLD OUT! All donations will go to benefit the Zero Waste project of better face plate signage on the downtown recycling Big Bellies. (Currently, the recycling is trashed because it is so contaminated.)

                                          Our GENEROUS SPONSORS of the Trashion Show 

                 Windermere realtors Patti Shannon and Diane Sugden
IslandWood               Bainbridge Disposal           Port Madison Enterprises
                Sash Mercantile                  Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

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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 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.