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Zero Waste Initiative

Zero WasteBainbridge 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

ZERO WASTE MONTHLY MEETINGS - Now the SECOND Wednesday of the month
except on quarterly Saturdays.
Always at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
NO JULY MEETING (next meeting on August 10)
WE NEED YOU on JULY 4TH! fill over 40, 2-hour time slots at our resource recovery stations.  We divert 3/4 of the festival's discards by helping visitors know where their disposables go: compostables, recyclables or landfill.  Email bizerowaste at to volunteer!

JUNK MAIL TIP - Reduce those unwanted mailings with the Smartphone app, PaperKarma. Snap a photo of the mail you want to stop and you're done.  PaperKarma automatically contacts the sender and removes you from the distribution list. It can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you.

ZW at the FARMERS' MARKET - Come visit our booth the third Saturday of every month, 9am-1pm, at Town Square at the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market. Play the paper recycling game and the plastic puzzle!
ZW NEWSLETTER - The inaugural issue is out! Be on the lookout around town for this brochure-sized one-sheeter.
EARTH DAY AWARD WINNER - Kitsap County Solid Waste recently presented BI Zero Waste with the 2016 Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling award! All the more encouragement to continue our work with individuals, institutions and businesses to spread the zero waste message.
Semi-annual collection at Bay Hay and Feed on July 23 & 24, Sat & Sun, 10am-4pm.  
Styro MUST be clean, white, dry, and the snappable kind.
Remove all tape and stickers.
Take "soft" (squeezable) Styro to the UPS Store year-round.
No peanuts - the noncompostable kind can go year-round to the UPS Store.
Twenty-five cent donation requested to pay for the huge plastic bags we buy to bundle the Styro.
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TRASHION SHOW - What a success!  Twenty two ensembles of repurposed and recyclable couture were on display to a standing room-only crowd at Eagle Harbor Church on April 10.  Biggest thanks to Naomi Spinak, the organizer of this splendid fashion show.  Thank you to all the businesses that chipped in: Melo-Melo Island Vintage Boutique, Lollipops, Cotton and Cashmere, Sash Mercantile, Grounds for Change and Bon Bon Confections.  Thanks to the designers and models (for photos of the models and descriptions of outfits, go here); to John Williams of Sea-Media, who photographed the models; to Rebecca Rockefeller, the emcee; to Shannon Dowling, who ran the audience design dash; to our judges, Bhama Roget, Alli Schuchman, and Greg Millican; to Deb Rudnick and Marcy Lagerloef, creators of the impactful Powerpoint on resources required to manufacture clothing; to Jane Martin, Susan Waite and Jeanne Maier, who donated repurposed creations for silent auction and sale; to the many Zero Waste members who donated food and took on tasks the day of; and for the raison d'etre of the show, thanks to Beth Robson, creator of EarthArt Bainbridge.
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.
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 before for your next function.


Edible Cutlery Gets Rid Of Plastic!

Coolest invention ever!

Posted by Extreme Health Radio on Wednesday, March 16, 2016