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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.
Email us (or contact us for any reason) at

  - February 18, 7-8:30pm

At the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
Please come - everyone has a unique perspective to offer,
from which we build a more effective program.
VEGETABLE OIL RECYCLING - General Biodiesel Northwest has teamed with Bainbridge Disposal to install a cooking oil recycling tank at BD's Vincent Road transfer station (open 10-4, Wed-Sun). There is no charge for recycling fryer and used cooking oil.  General Biodiesel recycles vegetable, canola, soy, and peanut oils into locally produced, commercial grade, extremely low-carbon fuel for cars, trucks, trains, and ships (including the ferry).
Please no motor oil (the transfer station has a separate tank for that).
Also no solid fats (bacon grease or lard).
Bainbridge has 10 restaurants that are recycling enough used cooking oil, which has the effect of removing 20 cars from the road each year. General Biodiesel collects from over 2000 restaurants in Puget Sound and the Northwest and produces low-carbon, clean burning fuel to the ferries, truck fleets and distributors in the Puget Sound area.
-  Bainbridge's radio station is set to start live-streaming and needs music!  Donate your CDs - with original jewel case, as royalties will be paid - to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting.  Contact for details.
FLUORESCENT LIGHT RECYCLING - We used to have to take our fluorescent tubes to Poulsbo.  Now they can be dropped off at Ace Hardware, up to 10 per day by both residents and businesses. As an article in insidebainbridge notes, "Ace will take your traditional fluorescent tubes (including straight, curved and circular tubes), twisty compact fluorescent lights, and high-intensity discharge lights, which are commonly used in outdoor lighting fixtures. Ace will then turn them over to Seattleā€™s EcoLights Northwest for processing. EcoLights breaks down the lights so that the recyclable components, including mercury, can be refined and reused." <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
- ZW member and scientist Deb Rudnick writes an engaging account of ways she is "committed and focused on taking concrete steps to support climate change actions."  Four stories that concern local zero waste efforts and events are described here: