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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.  Guest speaker Christine Goudreau will talk about best practices for recycling and food waste outreach.
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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. Take the plastic pledge and 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!
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BAINBRIDGE FARMERS' MARKET BOOTH - Stop by on Saturday, August 19, 9am-1pm, at Town Square to search for microplastics in our beach tubs, then do the real thing on Saturday, September 9, on world-wide Ocean Conservancy Beach Cleanup Day.  Let us know here which road end or public beach you can spend sometime during the low-tide hours between 12-3pm picking clean of litter.
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FREE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS COLLECTION - Saturday, August 26, 10am-4pm at City of BI Operations Maintenance Facility 7305 NE Hidden Cove Rd, Bainbridge Island.  

This event is held every two years on Bainbridge.  Residents only, no businesses or other non-household organizations.  Containers must be 5 gallons or smaller, and containers cannot be emptied and returned. 

WHAT TO BRING:
Oil-based paints and stains• adhesives• aerosols• paint thinners• corrosive cleaners• lawn and garden chemicals• pool and spa chemicals

NOT ACCEPTED:
• No latex paint. It is not hazardous and can be solidified with cat litter or concrete mix before disposing in the garbage.
• No empty containers.
• No products with local recycling options, like motor oil and antifreeze; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; household and vehicle batteries; and propane tanks. Search recycle.kitsapgov.com for disposal options.
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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 - plasticfilmrecycling.org):
>> 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)
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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.