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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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Want to be on the BI Zero Waste listserv and receive 2-3 informative e-newsletters a month?
Issues may contain feature articles, news about ZW activities, special recycling opportunities, pertinent legislative updates, regional zw news, meeting dates and minutes, and chances to volunteer for zero waste events.

Contact us for this or any other reason at .

NEXT MEETING - Wednesday, June 12, 7-8:30pm at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West. Guest speaker: David Knight, co-founder, president and CEO of Resource Fiber, the only vertically integrated bamboo fiber products company in the U.S.
• No July
• August (steering committee only) 
• September 11, 7-8:30pm at the Marge
• October 12, 11am-12:30pm at Sotheby's
• November (steering committee only)
• No December


May 15 - Textiles drive ends. Details here.
May 16 - Julie L.F. Goldstein, author of the new book, Material Value, More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing of Everything from Cell Phones to Cleaning Products, visits Eagle Harbor Books at 7pm. Info here.
May 18 - Visit the ZW farmers' market booth, 9am-1pm >> Trashion Show student designs on display.
May 19 - Upcycling textiles class with two-time Trashion winner Naomi Spinak at 1-5pm @ BARN. Register here.
May 25 - Tire Round-up, 9am-4pm, Kitsap Fairgrounds. More info here.
May 31 - Trashion outfit displays at The Art Project, Sotheby's and SHiFT end.
June 9 - Junk furniture roundup, 8am-4pm, Olympic View Transfer Station, Bremerton. Expect long lines. Go here and click on furniture link.  Get rid of your ratty and damaged furniture here instead of at the Rotary rummage sale.
June 15 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 10am-4pm, 7305 NE Hidden Cove Road, Bainbridge Island. Go here and click on HHW link to see what you can bring.
The Rotary Auction Green Team* needs YOU!
Do you like to sort? recycle? reuse? move? do good?  Then come join us during Rotary intake week, June 28-July 3, plus July 5-6. Just sign up here, then we will send you a SignupGenius link where you can pick the days and times you'd like to come help.  Our efforts to keep stuff from going to the landfill require many, MANY helping hands.  Please give it a try!
* The Rotary Green Team and BI Zero Waste are separate entities, but our volunteer base greatly overlaps.

Revel in several of the Trashion creations currently showing till May 15 in downtown Winslow at The Art Project, SHiFT, and Sotheby's Realty.

TRASHION SHOW RESULTS - Go to the Trashion Show website to see all the outfits.
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.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm, 7305 NE Hidden Cove Road.
Go here for a list of what and what not to bring. 

Help out farmer Rebecca Slattery of Persephone Farm by bringing the following items for reuse* to her Saturday
booth at the BI Farmers' Market:
  • 1-quart plastic containers, clear or white. She puts the flowers she sells to restaurants in them.
  • Grocery-sized paper bags, with or without handles. They make good take-home bags for her starter pots.
* This year she does not want the 4" square starter plant pots because she currently has plenty in her inventory.
Our Bainbridge Public Library lobby case display was April 1-April 15.
  • Trashion Show info here
  • Reusable cup resolution campaign here
  • Clothing resource sheets here and here

184 pounds in this truckload

The Trex National School Plastic Recycling Challenge has officially ended. Through school and community education and effort, the Sakai students have motivated our district schools and island neighbors to keep 5094 pounds of plastic film out of the landfill; instead, it will be reprocessed into plastic lumber.
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.

And here's a 2-minute reminder why you should NEVER put plastic bags in with other recyclables.

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.
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.

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.