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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)
NEXT MEETING - Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 pm at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West.
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FREE PAPER SHREDDING - Saturday, April 29, 11am-2pm,
at Windermere Realty, 840 Madison Av N.
This paper will be recycled.  If you shred your own paper at home, put it in the yard waste tote, instead.
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CAR SEAT RECYCLING - At Target, two weeks only, April 17-30. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
DRUG TAKE-BACK

Where: Bainbridge Police Station
When: Saturday, April 29, 10am-2pm
Accepted: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications
                Loose pills or bottles (obscure personal info)
Not accepted: "sharps" (syringes/needles-take to Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station year-round), medical waste, intravenous solutions 

NEVER flush pills.  Read why here.
By the end of 2017, legislation should have passed giving Bainbridge and the rest of Kitsap County year-round drop-off locations. 
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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 are

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


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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - Held every two years on Bainbridge, the next collection is happening on August 26 at the city's property yard on Hidden Cove Road.  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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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.