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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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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.

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ZERO WASTE MONTHLY MEETINGS - Held the second Wednesday of the month
except on quarterly Saturdays.
Wednesdays - 7 pm-8:30 pm at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
                    May 9, June 13, NO JULY, Sept. 12, Oct. 10
Saturdays - 11am-12:30 pm at Sotheby's Realty, 240 Winslow Way East (next to Bon Bon) 
                  April 14, August 11, November 10

NEXT MEETING - Saturday, April 14,at Sotheby's Realty, 240 Winslow Way East (next to Bon Bon).
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See what fun activites these BI enviro-oriented non-profits have in store for you and your family.


TRASHION SHOW - See fabulous fashions at the third annual show on Sunday, April 29, 2-4pm, at IslandWood.  Designers createRepurposed Clothing or Trashion Couture.  The 2017 winning entry in the former category is pictured to the right: multiple blue jean scraps, worn swim suit pieces and an old white curtain. 
We thank the continued fiscal sponsorship of Bainbridge Disposal, Windermere realtors Diane Sugden and Patti Shannon, and Sash Mercantile, plus our new sponsors, Jefferson Fine Home Builders and Kitsap Bank.
In-kind sponsorship comes from IslandWood, site of the show, plus Hildebrand Cleaners, Grounds for Change, Blackbird Bakery, Bainbridge Performing Arts, BARN, BIMA, Esther's Fabrics, Timme Photo, Alchemy Goods, and The Art Project.

When: March 12-23
Where: Designated bins at Sakai Intermediate School, Island Fitness and Bainbridge Athletic Club
What: Any type of shoe
Why: The shoes will be resold, recycled, or upcycled to keep them out of the landfill. Sakai students will sort and count the shoes, at the same time learning about the human and environmental resources that help create our footwear and how to reduce waste by repurposing and recycling.

When: Year-round
Where: In blue boxes labeled "Women's Jewelry Project" at Sole Mates, BARN, Esther's Fabrics, Bay Hay and Feed, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, and Adorn.
What: Any kind of jewelry, in any condition (broken, too)
Why: To give to women in domestic violence shelters and to raise money for grants for these shelters 
Find out more about the program here in a fascinating Bainbridge Community Broadcasting interview with our very own Zero Waste volunteer supreme, Jane Martin, and project founder Micke Lippe.

Also, join the grand jewelry sorting party on Sunday, April 8, from 1-4pm at the BARN jewelry studio to prep the donations for the shelters.  Ages 10 and up welcome.
'Cause breaking up (with single-use plastics) is GOOD to do! ...


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:

 -  Organized by Zero Waste Washington and held on September 25, 2017.  To see slides and/or listen to the presentations, go here
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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! 

PLASTIC FILM RECYCLING - Plastic bags are the #1 contaminant in recycling.  They do NOT belong in the curbside bin or at the transfer station.  They DO belong in the designated container at the grocery store.

Besides plastic bags, any #2 or #4 film (you can stretch it by pushing your thumb into it) can be put in this designated store container, such as the following (source -
>> Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
>> Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
>> Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
>> Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
>> Furniture and electronic wrap
>> Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)
REUSE at the UPS STORE - The UPS Store will take the following plastics for reuse in their packaging:
1) Styrofoam "peanuts" - not compostable peanuts
2) Bubble wrap - clean!!!  (Also reused at Meli Melo Island Vintage Boutique)
3) Air pillows - may not have a promotional brand name on them other than that of the air pillow maker
4) EPS #6 Styrofoam flat sheets - not more than 2" thick

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.
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.