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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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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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NEXT MEETING - Saturday, May 11, 11am-12:30pm at Sotheby's Realty, 240 Winslow Way E (Guest speaker: Sarah Albee, Rotary Green Team)
• June 12, 7-8:30pm at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West. (Guest speaker: David Knight, bamboo applications)
• No July
• August (steering committee only) 
• September - 7-8:30pm at the Marge
• October - 11am-12:30pm at Sotheby's
• November (steering committee only)
• No December

TRASHION SHOW - The results are in! 
Student Award: Woodward FCCLA Club,”Lunch Lady of the Apocalypse”
Ready to Wear: Suzanne Lundberg, "The Rubik’s Cube: Clash of Time”
Business Challenge: 
1st Place: Catherine Rush, "Pride of the West” (Partner, Town and Country)
2nd Place: Tyler Dawson-Arroyo, "The Good Honeybee” (Partner, Good Egg)
3rd Place: Therese Kunzi-Clark, "Misao Dress” (Partner, The Traveler)
Trashion Couture: 
1st Place: Andy and Maya Rovelstad, "Meltdown 2019”
2nd Place: Olivia Vessenes, "Broken Pieces”
3rd Place: Baeven Hoit, "Druidic Warrior of a Modern Era” 
Special Award: Cherry Bibler, Wanda Hecht and Linda Lancaster, "Aluminations” 
Thank you to the sponsors of the three design categories:
            KITSAP BANK
               WICKLUND DENTAL
                  A KITCHEN THAT WORKS
                     SHELDON ORTHODONTICS
Also, thank you to...
Our in-kind sponsors:
Grounds for Change, Eleven Winery, AmosSoma Skincare, F.R.O.G. Soap, Alchemy Goods, The Traveler, and Zero Waste Washington
Our post-show display sponsors:
The Art Project, Sotheby's Realty, SHiFT, and the Bainbridge Public Library
FLAG DISPOSAL - If you have a worn-out American flag, you may now properly dispose of it at two island locations:
> Ace Hardware - inside box 
> American Legion Colin Hyde Post 172 - outdoor box, 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Rd 
These boxes were created by Greyson Allen for his Eagle Scout project. His troop, 1566, and father helped with the outdoor box, made from exterior siding and roofing material.  For the inside box, Greyson got a table from a scratch-n-dent sale and modified/repurposed it.   


 - Saturday, May 25, 9am-4pm, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Thunderbird Arena. Details here.
Our Bainbridge Public Library lobby case display was April 1-April 15.
  • Trashion Show info here
  • Reusable cup resolution campaign here
  • Get a hard copy of the clothing resource sheets at our April 20 farmers' market table or e-copies here and here.

                                   APRIL IS EARTH MONTH
April 20 - ZW tabling at the BI Farmers' Market.  Meet the Sakai plastic film students!
April 21 & 28 - BI Land Trust free invasive weed disposal at Bainbridge Disposal
                        Transfer Station
April 22 - May 4 - Car seat recycling @ Target in Silverdale
April 27 - Islander Earth Day Festival @ Montessori Country Day School. Check out the swaps
               and bike check-up!
184 pounds in this truckload

The Trex National School Plastic Recycling Challenge has officially ended. Through school and community efforts and education, the Sakai students have motivated the deposition of 5094 pounds of plastic film.
The challenge may be over, but you can still keep your used, clean, dry plastic film (see acceptable and unacceptable types here) out of the landfill by dropping it off in the plastic collection bin at the grocery store.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - June 15, 2019 on Bainbridge.  Details to come.
NEXT BAINBRIDGE ISLAND STYRO & CD COLLECTION - July 20 & 21, 2019, 10am-4pm, at Bay Hay and Feed. Please email if you have never volunteered for it before and would like to.  We need snappers!
NEXT KITSAP COUNTY STYROFOAM COLLECTION - July 27, 9am-3pm, Kitsap County Fairgrounds sheep barn. Details here.
Styro photos are by Tami Meader.
Now in our ninth year of Styrofoam collection, we continue growing in all respects. Here's a quick stat check, comparing this past weekend's results to July 2018's numbers (in parentheses). 
Cars – 310 (201)
Bags – 90 (71)
Volunteers – 45 (35)
Volunteer hours - 106 (80)  THANK YOU!!!
Donations – $741 ($364)
Cubic feet collected - 6400 cu ft (3500)

Sponsors: Bay Hay and Feed                 UCB                 T&C Markets 

(host site, used bags, bag transport)          (monetary donation)       (new bags at cost)

Here's the man we have to thank for the existence of the Styrofoam recycling collection. In all regards, Howard Block tries to reuse and repurpose before considering recycling or composting. His absolute last resort is sending anything to the landfill.
For the many ways in which he and Bay Hay's sustainability director, Els Heyne, accomplish these goals, read BI Zero Waste's nomination of Bay Hay and Feed for the Washington State Recycling Association's 2019 Business of the Year here.
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.
ZERO WASTE WASHINGTON is supporting many waste-related bills in the Washington state legislature this session (January 14- April 28, 2019).  Check on their status here.
And now, a message on quitting single-use plastic...

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.

'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:

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.