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Road Map to Zero Waste

Road Map to Zero Waste

This list is constantly changing. If you see a date (e.g., 7/10), it indicates the last month and year in which the information was verified.  Always call first to make sure the location is still accepting your item. 

If you have further tips or corrections for how an item can be reused or recycled, please email us at and we will update our information.

This "road map" was originally compiled by Liesl Clark, Bainbridge Island resident and co-creator of Trash Backwards, a site with "original content aimed at helping people rethink their old stuff [and find] new ways to refuse, reduce, and reuse what’s already in existence so that less virgin material needs to be consumed for production of new stuff."

What Can Be Recycled At Your Curbside Recycling And Bainbridge Disposal Recycling Center
Co-Mingled Recycling
Food and Yard Waste
Other Items
Reuse businesses and groups
Nonprofits
What Can Be Recycled At Your Curbside Recycling And Bainbridge Disposal Recycling Center

These items can be put out for pick-up by Bainbridge Disposal or taken to the disposal site on the island.

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Co-Mingled Recycling

Commingled Recycling (free at the recycling center): http://www.bainbridgedisposal.com/content/recycle-yard-waste/recycle.php

Plastic Bottles & Jars (Codes 1-5, rinse first, leave caps on!)
Glass Bottles & Jars (rinse first)
Milk-style Cartons (throw caps away)
Phone Books
Mail (even with plastic windows), magazines, mixed paper & catalogs
Metal Cans
Aluminum Cans
Newspaper & Inserts
Paper Bags
Plastic Dairy Tubs (no lids)
Paper boxes
Paper or frozen food boxes (flatten)

In separate recycling container at the recycling center:
Cardboard, corrugated (has ridges and furrows between the cardboard sheets) (flatten)

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Food and Yard Waste

Food & Yard Waste (charge): http://www.bainbridgedisposal.com/content/recycle-yard-waste/yard-waste.php

ALL FOOD!! (except cooking oil and grease)
Grass & leaves
Weeds
Prunings
Branches (under 4’ long, 4” diameter)
Vegetable garden waste
Houseplants
Nutshells
Coffee grounds and filters
Tea bags
Plate scrapings
Shells and bones
Shredded paper
Cardboard pizza boxes
Egg cartons (paper)
Paper towels and napkins
Paper plates and cups (NO plastic coating)
Paper food wrap
Paper take-out cartons

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Other Items

Other items that are accepted at Bainbridge Disposal that will be recycled or reused:

Scrap Metal: Iron, steel, aluminum, copper, brass
E-cycle Items: Computer monitors & CPUs, laptops, TVs, e-readers, tablets
Wood waste (charge)
Antifreeze & uncontaminated motor oil
Appliances (charge)
Batteries: Household (alkaline), rechargeable, and automotive
Books
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (take fluorescent tubes to Poulsbo Recycling Center)
Sharps
(1/11)

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Reuse businesses and groups

Thanks to Inside Bainbridge for allowing this reprint of an article by Tina Cuchelas, first published April 4, 2011 and now updated as of 10/21/13.

  1. Helpline House:  282 Knechtel Way,  842-7621.   Accepts donations Monday–Friday, 9-–5. Donations welcome: groceries, bedding, towels and seasonally appropriate gently used clothing for adults and children. Contributions are used to help local families in need.
  2. Bargain Boutique: 572 Winslow Way E, 842-5567. Accepts donations Monday–Saturday,10–5. Donations welcome: good quality clothing, household goods, and office supplies. Also consignment. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  3. Thrift Shop: 370 Brien Ave. (Senior Community Center at Waterfront Park), 842-1616. Accepts donations Monday-Friday, 10-3. Donations welcome: Everything from household items to jewelry, books, clothing, pictures, etc. No big furniture items but lamps, vases and things that fit into their small space. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center.
  4. Goodwill: 635 High School Road (Ace Hardware parking lot).  Accepts donations Monday–Sunday, 8:30–5. Sometimes they close early if the trailer is full. Officially closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations welcome: all quality reusable clothing and household items; all electronics including televisions and computer monitors measuring 19 inches or less, desktop computers and laptops. No furniture, appliances or other items larger than an end table. Donations benefit Seattle Goodwill causes.
  5. Bainbridge Island Library: 1270 Madison Ave., 842-4162. Accepts donations at the check-out desk Monday–Wednesday, 10–8; Thursday-Friday, 1-5:30; and Saturday, 10-5. Donations welcome: books, CDs, DVDs, computer software, magazines, VHS tapes. Sales of donated items benefit our library.
  6. Eagle Harbor Books: 157 Winslow Way East, 842-5332.  Buys quality used books for store credit from the 1st through of the 15th of every month during store hours,  Monday–Friday, 9–7; Thursday, 9–9; Saturday, 9–6; and Sunday, 10–6. The books are sold in the Used Books Annex, just down the stairs from the main bookstore.
  7. Silver Star Trading Post: 382 Madison Avenue North, 842-4300. Monday–Saturday 10–5:30. Accepts seasonal, high quality and designer women’s clothing and accessories for consignment.
  8. Closet Transfer: 562 Bjune Drive Southeast, 842-1515. Monday–Saturday 10:30–5, Sunday, 11-4. Accepts seasonal (except vintage), high quality clothing and accessories for consignment by appointment only.
  9. Lollipops: 278 Winslow Way E, Suite 101, 780-9012. Monday–Saturday 10–6. Accepts seasonal, high-quality, brand name children’s clothing and shoes for consignment by appointment.
  10. The Curious Child: 1050 Hildebrand, 842-2793. Monday-Friday, 9-7; Saturday 10-6; and Sunday, 11-4. Accepts gently used children’s books, school curriculum, toys, and games for consignment.
  11. Yahoo Bainbridge Island Freecycle group: online, 24/7. Residents of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap can join this online group here. You can post practically anything you’d like to give away to a member of your community.
  12. Yahoo Bainbridge Island Online Yardsale group: online, 24/7.  Residents of Bainbridge Island can join this online group here.  You can post items you’d like to sell, or announce a yard sale.
  13. Islandmoms BigTent Classifieds:  online, 24/7.  Bainbridge Island families can join this online group here.  You can post items you’d like to sell or give away in the Classifieds section of the Islandmoms group. You can also announce a yard sale in the Events section.
  14. Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale:  9125 Sportsman Club Road (Woodward Middle School) for the event. Ah, the mother of all rummage sales! If you can stockpile your excess wares until late June, you can drive through the donation drop-off lane and unload practically anything for the gigantic sale, which will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8-2.  Donations will be accepted June 20–25, from 7a.m.–8:00p.m. Be sure to clear out enough space for the treasures you’ll inevitably find if you attend this fun fund-raising event.
  15. Buy Nothing Bainbridge Facebook group: Post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow. Co-founded by the Road Map to Zero Waste creator.
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Nonprofits

These nonprofits have wishlists with various items. Click on the organization's name to see how you might fulfill their requests.

Habitat for Humanity - Hwy 3, Wed & Sat, 10-2.

West Sound Wildlife - 7501 Dolphin Drive, 206-855-9057

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What Can’t Be Recycled at Bainbridge Disposal And Where It Can Be Recycled
Appliances
Art Supplies
Batteries, light bulbs
Clothing and Shoes
Construction and Demolition Debris
Electronics, phones
Food and Food Products
Food Containers, Corks
Glass, ceramics
Hazardous Waste
Household items, furniture
Medical
Metals
Miscellaneous items
Paper and paper products
Personal Care Products
Pet Waste, Litter
Plastics and related materials
What Can’t Be Recycled at Bainbridge Disposal And Where It Can Be Recycled

The list of items that cannot be recycled through Bainbridge Island Disposal schedule pick-up is extensive. It is divided into a series of categories, such as plastics, food containers and so forth.

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Appliances

Appliances, big and small: Where to reuse: Call the Housing Resources Board to see if they have someone in need of your working appliance. 206-842-1909 (11/10)

Where to recycle BIG appliances:
Bainbrige Disposal transfer station - limited to big appliances, including dishwashers and water heaters (charge), Wed-Sun, 10-4. (6/11)
North Kitsap Metal Recycling - washers, dryers, stoves, hot water heaters, microwaves
(no charge), Wed-Mon, 8-3:30. (7/11)

Refrigerators and Freezers: (Must be in working condition)
Where to Recycle:   Puget Sound Energy’s program pays you $25 and will pick up at your house, provided you are a PSE customer. Call 1-877-577-0510. (12/12)

Where to recycle SMALL appliances: 1 Green Planet. It's in Seattle. As far as we know, no Kitsap County places recycle small appliances from the public. (12/12)

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Art Supplies

Beads: Where to Reuse: Donate to the Women's Shelter Jewelry Project. They will be given to women's shelters in Puget Sound. Donation boxes are located at Beads of Bainbridge and at Curves. For more information, contact Lucia Olson 842-3266. (11/12)

Candles, wax: Where to recycle: Salish Sea Expeditions. Contact at or 206-780-7848. They melt them down, mix them with dryer lint, then use them as fire starters. (1/11)

Crayons: Where to recycle: Salish Sea Expeditions. Contact at or 206-780-7848. They melt them down, mix them with dryer lint, then use them as fire starters. (1/11)

Markers: Where to recycle: The Curious Child, 1050 Hildebrand Lane, 206-842-2793, open 7 days a week. They will ultimately be sent to a company that converts the waste plastic into diesel fuel. (10/13)

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Batteries, light bulbs

Alkaline (regular household) batteries: Where to Recycle: Bainbridge Disposal (9/11), ACE Hardware (11/12)

Rechargeable batteries (e.g., NiCad, button): Where to Recycle:
> Bainbridge Disposal (9/11)
> ACE Hardware (not button) (12/12)
> Call2Recycle runs programs through RadioShack, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples, and Target. Drop- off boxes should be at the stores. (9/11)

Light bulbs:
Compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes contain mercury and therefore are considered hazardous waste. Do not throw in the regular trash!

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs): Where to Dispose: Bainbridge Disposal, Bay Hay & Feed, Poulsbo Recycling Center, or Home Depot.

Fluorescent tubes: Where to Dispose: Poulsbo Recycling Center (limit 10 total combined CFLs and tubes per month)

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Clothing and Shoes

Clothes:
Where to Reuse: Bargain Boutique thrift store, Helpline House, Freecycle, Craigslist, Goodwill. A great list of Kitsap County venues for donating used clothing is at Kitsap County Public Works.

Where to Recycle (as rags):
Goodwill (located in the ACE Hardware parking lot) IF they are dry and free of mold. Please bag separately from wearable clothing and tag as rags. (12/13)
Northface - The items you drop into their bins are sent to a recycling center, where they are carefully sorted based on over 400 categories.  They are then reused to extend their life or recycled into raw materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing. (7/14)

Hangers: Where to Recycle: Your local drycleaners. Some cleaners will even reuse the plastic bag if you leave it at the store or bring it back in good shape. (1/11)

Shoes: Where to Reuse: Wildernest - Gently used shoes (sandals, flip flops, dance, athletic, cleats, work boots, dresswear and casual), that are donated to Seattle-based Redeeming Soles for local distribution. Please clean (no mud) and tie laces together. (4/11)

Runner's Edge - Gently used athletic shoes and soccer shoes, "Used but not abused." To be donated to Modular Organic Regenerative Environments, which uses proceeds to advance farming in Africa. (5/13)

Where to Recycle: Niketown - Bring up to 10 pairs of athletic shoes (no other types); also Livestrong bracelets (no other types).  They will be turned into sport courts. (5/13)
Northface - Any brand/condition (7/14)

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Construction and Demolition Debris

Construction and Demolition Debris: By weight, the single largest category of materials that go into the landfill.  Where to Recycle: Link here to see what Recovery 1 in Tacoma accepts.  Call Bainbridge Disposal, 206-842-0952, for pick-up (for a fee), or take it to BD's transfer facility here on Bainbridge Island.  They also provide containers to put on your job site. (1/11)

Also consider re-use of materials that are deconstructed.

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Electronics, phones

Cables and connectors: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Calculators: Where to Recycle: > Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Cameras, video cameras, camcorders: Where to Recycle: Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them toPlanet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Cell Phones: (Be sure to take your SIM card out of your cell phone to avoid identity theft.
Cell phones contain rare earth and toxic metals and should be reused, refurbished or recycled.)
Where to Re-use: The YWCA Alive program at the courthouse in Rolling Bay will program some of them to call 911 only and give them to clients.  (7/12)
Where to Recycle:  
>The YWCA Alive program at the courthouse in Rolling Bay sends phones to Shelter Alliance (those not programmed as 911 phones) and receives money back on each phone recycled.  (7/12)
> PAWS sends them to Cell Seattle in exchange for a cash rebate. (6/12)
> Helpline House sends them to Pace Butler in exchange for a cash rebate. (6/12)
> Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

CDs and DVDs: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale) has a dropbox at the store entrance. (7/14).

CD/Cassette players: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Clocks (alarm): Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Computer peripherals: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

DVD players, home and car audio, cables: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

E-readers: Where to Recycle:
> Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them toPlanet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)
> Bainbridge Disposal, with other electronics
> Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

FAX machines: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (11/12)

Gaming systems (and see "Videogames" below): Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

GPS: Where to Recycle: Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Hard drives, zip and jazz drives, jump drives: Where to recycle: Greendisk. (3/11)

iPods, iPads, tablets, MP3 players: Where to Recycle:
> Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)
> Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

PDAs: Where to Recycle: Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Printer cartridges: Where to Recycle:
> Paper Products - Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. (5/13)
> Curves - Collects only the inkjet kind and sends them to BCS Recycling Specialists, with proceeds going to Helpline House. (5/13)
> Island Center Hall - Look for the collection box in the entryway. Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. (5/13)

Printers: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Radar detectors: Where to Recycle: Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Radios: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Speakers: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Turntables: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

VCRs: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Video games, consoles and accessories: Where to Recycle:            
Girl Scout Troop 41241.  They collect as a fundraiser and send to Planet Green.
A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)
Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)
 
Videotapes and audio cassettes: Where to recycle: Greendisk. (3/11)

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Food and Food Products

Dairy Products, Meat, Fish, or Chicken: Where to Compost: In your Bainbridge Disposal yard waste tote or at the transfer station on Vincent Road. There is a charge.  (7/10)

Food: Canned food and fresh produce. Where to Donate: All are accepted at Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way, 842-7621.

Kitchen fats, oil, grease (in a secure container): Where to Recycle: Take to the Poulsbo Recycling Center at 21868 NW Viking Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370, 360-779-1044. Hours: 8-3:30, Tue-Sat. Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and 2:00 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Kitsap County Solid Waste has lots of good advice about cooking oil here.

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Food Containers, Corks

Wine Corks: Where to Recycle: Eleven Winery Tasting Room, 287 Winslow Way East. Only natural corks (no plastic). Read about the recycling program. (2/11)

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Glass, ceramics

Broken Ceramics & Glass: Where to Re-use: Freecycle or Craigslist it and a mosaics artist will take it.  They collect their items through "brigades," kids' groups that set up collection containers.

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Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste (paints, stains, oil, pool/spa chemicals): Where to Dispose: Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Sharps: Where to Dispose: Bainbridge Disposal transfer station. Stop by the booth and put in medical disposal can. Must be in bottle with cap on. (3/11)

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Household items, furniture

Blankets: Where to Reuse: Must be in good condition, no holes. Bethany Lutheran has a quilters' circle that will use the blankets inside the quilts that they make to donate to disaster areas and refugee camps. They sew approximately 150 per year. Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573. (7/12)

Candles, wax: Where to Recycle: Salish Sea Expeditions. Contact at or 206-780-7848. They melt them down, mix them with dryer lint, then use them as fire starters. (1/11)

Fabric: Where to Reuse: At least 8" x 8" squares. Used by a quilters' circle at Bethany Lutheran Church. They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refugee camps. Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573. (7/12)

Fans: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Household items: From furniture, to toys, appliances, and garden tools. Where to Re-use: Freecycle, Craigslist, yard sales, The Rotary Auction, Goodwilll, 2good2toss.com, etc.

Pillows (bed): Where to Reuse: The only Kitsap organization that we have found that accepts them is St. Vincent de Paul of Bremerton, 1117 N Callow Ave 98312. (6/14)

Pillows (throw/couch): Where to Reuse: Goodwill truck in Ace Hardware parking lot.  Open daily 8:30-5. (6/14)

Sheets: Where to Reuse: Must be in good condition, no holes.  Used as backing for quilts by a quilter's circle at Behtany Lutheran Church.  They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refuge camps.  Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573. (7/12)

Tablecloths: Where to Reuse: Must be in good condition, no holes. Used as backing to quilts by a quilters' circle at Bethany Lutheran Church. They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refugee camps. Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573. (7/12)

Television sets: Where to Recycle: Bainbridge Disposal (free of charge).
Sony provides a $100 credit on televisions you bring back when buying a new one.

Vacuums: Where to Recycle: Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

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Medical

Crutches - Where to Reuse: Helpline House. Any community member is welcome to borrow from their stock. (8/13)

Walkers (with or without wheels/chair pad) - Where to Reuse: Helpline House. Any community member is welcome to borrow from their stock. A deposit must be put down for the walker w/chair pad. (8/13)

Wheelchairs - Where to Reuse: Helpline House. Any community member is welcome to borrow from their stock. A deposit must be put down. (8/13)

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Metals

Aerosol Cans: Where to Recycle: Best to not use them at all because there’s metal in the empty cans that can explode under pressure and hurt workers.  They should go into your regular garbage.  If they still have something in them, you can dispose of them at the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Hangers: Where to reuse: Return to dry cleaners.
Where to recycle: If the metal is mangled, take to the metal-only recycling container at the Bainbridge Disposal transfer station.

Helium tanks: Where to Recycle: North Kitsap Metal Recycling (12/13)

Paint cans (dry and empty): Where to Recycle: In the metal-only recycling container at the Bainbridge Disposal transfer station.

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Miscellaneous items

Balloons: Where to Reuse: The crinkly mylar-type balloon is not recyclable but it is reusable. You can refill them at Paper Products or Safeway for a nominal fee or reuse as a bag or wrapping paper for presents. (1/11)

Bicycles: Where to Reuse: Bicycles for Humanity Seattle is a grassroots organization that collects bicycles, puts them in large shipping containers, and then ships them to South Africa every year to help poor and impoverished villagers improve their lives with transportation. B.I. Cycle and Classic Cycle are drop-off locations. (12/12)

Bicycle inner tubes: Where to Recycle: Take a maximum of four inner tubes to Classic Cycle. They send them off to Alchemy Goods, to be upcycled into all kinds of new items. (11/12)

Eyeglasses: Where to Reuse: Helpline House . A representative of the Lions Club will pick them up. (10/11)
Ace Hardware has a Lions Club box at the customer service counter. (11/12)

Jewelry: Where to Reuse: Donate unloved or broken pieces, including single earrings and beads, to the Women's Shelter Jewelry Project. They will be fixed, cleaned and/or remade and given to women's shelters in Puget Sound. Donation boxes are located at Beads of Bainbridge and at Curves. For more information, contact Lucia Olson 842-3266. (11/12)

Radar detectors: Where to Recycle: Girl Scout Troop 41241 collects them as a fundraiser and sends them to Planet Green. A collection box is located at Island Center Hall. (1/13)

Saw blades: Where to Recycle/Reuse: ProBuild sells Exchange-a-Blade (EaB) products. When you take back one of EaB's saw blades, the store exchanges it for a new one at a fraction of the original price. EaB will either remanufacture or recycle the blade. (1/13)

Silica Gel: How to Reuse: Don't throw these little packets away!  Re-use them by putting them in your seed storage container to keep your seeds dry.  They can help keep anything dry, like old photos or precious video tape.  If you put the packets in with your silver, they help slow down the tarnishing process.

Trophies: Where to Reuse: An area school will reuse them. Please contact < . (8/13)

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Paper and paper products

Books: Where to Recycle: Most books can be taken to the Library or to Bainbridge Disposal where they send them on to Readingtree.  Children’s Books are also accepted locally for Children’s Libraries in the Himalaya at: Magic Yeti Children’s Libraries ( ). Email for pickup.

Catalogs and Junk Mail: How to Stop It! Sign up at Direct Marketing Association site.

Greeting cards: Where to Reuse: Send to St. Jude's Ranch for Children to be made into new cards. (1/13)

Magazines: Where to Reuse:  The Bainbridge Public Library has a program where they sell them for a quarter each to raise money for the library. About $500/month is raised this way. (1/13)

Phone Books: How to Reduce: Opt out of all the Yellow Pages directories delivered to your household here. (1/13)

Shredded Paper: How to Recycle: Put it in your curbside yard waste cart or drop off at the transfer station in the yard waste Dumpster.  The reason: Paper consists of long fibers.  Shredding shortens the fibers, making shredded paper undesirable to paper mills, where it ends up as waste.  By recycling shredded paper in your yard waste cart, you're adding a beneficial ingredient to the composting process.

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Personal Care Products

Eyeglasses: Where to Reuse: Helpline House . A representative of the Lions Club will pick them up. (10/11)
Ace Hardware has a Lions Club box at the customer service counter. (11/12)

Hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons: Where to Recycle:  Best Buy (Silverdale). Three items per household per day. (7/14)

Makeup/Cosmetics: Any brand of makeup containers: jars, bottles. Where to Recycle: Any Origins store.  The nearest store is in Bellevue.

Medication: DO NOT FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET. 
They adversely affect aquatic life and have shown up in drinking water.
Where to Dispose:
BI Police Department has special collection days periodically. The next one is April 27, 2013, 10am-2pm, at the police station on Winslow Way.
Group Health's website states that "Group Health members can discard unwanted and expired medications" during pharmacy hours, Mon-Fri, 8:30-5. The nearest pharmacy is at 19379 7th Ave., Poulsbo. Go here to see what is and is not allowed and how to prepare for disposal (no controlled substances allowed). (10/13)

Toiletries, travel size (unused): Where to Reuse: Helpline House, 282 Knechtel Way, 842-7621 or YWCA Alive shelter - drop off at the courthouse in Rolling Bay. (1/11)

Toothbrushes & Razors: Where to Recycle: Buy a Preserve toothbrush and razor that’s made of recycled materials and can be mailed back to the company (they include a mailer with the brush) to be recycled.  

Toothpaste Tubes: Where to Recycle: Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste tubes are made of aluminum and they will take them back. Read their recycling directions here.

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Pet Waste, Litter

Pet waste and litter: Pet waste needs to be properly disposed of, as it is a major contributor to contaminants found in city drainage and run-off water that goes into Puget Sound. Bagging all pet waste is a pet owner's responsibility. Put bagged waste in the trash. Do not put pet waste in compost containers.

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Plastics and related materials

Plastic Bottle Caps: Leave the caps on your plastic bottles (regardless of signs that say the opposite). Just make sure that the bottles are clean and empty first. Where to Recycle: Curbside program or Bainbridge Disposal transfer station in commingled.  (11/10)

Plastic containers: Where to recycle: #5's (look inside the recycling triangle). Must be clean! Curbside or at the Bainbridge Disposal transfer station in commingled. (6/11)

Plastic Plant Labels: Where to Re-use: Stockpile to send back for re-use at the nurseries that generate them. Link here for more ideas.

Plastic Plant Pots: Where to Re-use:
Bainbridge Island Garden Club - Contact Marilyn Mathis at . (1/11)
Bay Hay & Feed - 5 gallon or larger. Also, burgundy pots that say "Blooming Nursery". Must see manager before dropping off. (7/11)
Bainbridge Gardens - 2 gallon or greater pots. (7/10)
Hansville Recycling Center - 2 gallon or greater. Leave your own or take someone else's over by the chain link fence. (7/11)
Some local farmers market vendors may also accept small plastic pots for re-use.

Plastic Take-out (“clamshell”) and other plastic containers & cups: Where to Recycle: Bainbridge Disposal is working on providing recycling for all plastics 1-7, but it will take some time.  According to Seattle Public Utilities, they are collecting these items for recycling, but they may not actually be recycling them yet (until there is a market for them).  The best way to keep these out of the landfill is to stop buying them.

Plastic Utensils: Keep them clean and perhaps they can be used for a school outing. Compostable ones are now available at Town & Country.

Plastic Wrap and Grocery Bags: Where to Recycle: At your local supermarkets: Town & Country, Safeway.  Polyethylene recycling at your supermarket bins (just outside the stores) can include:
• newspaper bags
• dry cleaning bags (or decline at the cleaners)
• bread bags (turn inside out first to empty)
• produce bags (turn inside out first to empty)
• toilet paper, napkin, and paper towel wrap packaging
• furniture wrap
• electronic wrap
• plastic retail bags (hard plastic & string handles removed)
• grocery bag (turn inside out first to empty)
• diaper wrap packaging
• case wrap (e.g., snacks, water bottles)
• All clean, dry bags labeled #2 or #4 (turn inside out first to empty)

Please make sure there are no receipts left in your bags. For more info on recycling plastic bags/film link here.

Styrofoam Blocks: Where to Recycle: Free drop-off at a recycle location in Renton.

Styrofoam Food Containers: Where to Recycle: These are not recyclable anywhere.  Many US cities have banned them.

Styrofoam Peanuts: Where to Re-Use: The UPS Store (Do not mix with compostable peanuts.)

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