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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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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.

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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
NEXT MEETING - Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:30 pm
We will discuss our goals for 2017.
MEDICATION DROP-OFF - Never flush medication down the toilet! (It messes with fish biology.) To make sure unwanted medications are disposed of securely, take to the Bainbridge Island Police Department on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Go here for details.

HALLOWE'EN COSTUME EXCHANGE - Clean out your closets and help the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) kick off this year’s Costume Swap campaign. Drop off costumes at the front desk October 1-30, during museum hours (10am-4pm, Mon-Sat; 12-4pm Sun).
KiDiMu members, visitors and the public-at-large are invited to donate any gently used complete Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories, and exchange them for something new (or "new-to-you”).
You do not have to bring a costume to take a costume and you may donate costumes without exchanging.
The KiDiMu Costume Exchange is FREE to everyone.  Info at 206.855.4650.
ZW NEWSLETTER - Issue no. 3 has hit the "newstands."  Look for a turquoise vertical half sheet at these locations: Public Library, City Hall, Parks Office at Strawberry Hill, Senior Center, Marge Williams Center, Bainbridge Pavilion (upstairs), Chamber of Commerce
BEACH CLEANUP - The first-ever Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup was September 17, which coincided with Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day.  Our goal was to scour all 53 miles of Bainbridge shoreline for trash, and we did it.  More than 200 islanders participated and hauled in more than 8 TONS of trash! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
HARVEST FAIR - A Zero Waste team of 16 volunteers collaborated with Friends of the Farms organizers and booth vendors and Bainbridge Disposal to pull off a stunning 88% waste diversion rate at the annual Harvest Fair.  Only 12% of the discards went off to our landfill 300 miles south in Arlington, Oregon.  The majority of the discards (leftover food and compostable dishware) were trucked out to North Mason Fiber in Belfair to undergo composting conversion to a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Bottles, cardboard and other recyclables were hauled off to a materials recovery facility in Tacoma for sorting and baling before being sold off to be made into new products.
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.
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.