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Zero Waste Initiative

Bainbridge 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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APRIL ZERO WASTE MEETING - Wednesday, April 17, 7pm, 221 Winslow Way West. 
We value everyone's input.
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BRING YOUR OWN MUG (BYOM)! - Bainbridge coffee shops are supporting Zero Waste's reusable mug campaign, that encourages customers to bring their own to-go drinking vessel for a coffee/espresso/tea/soft drink fill-up. Participating establishments, which also offer a DISCOUNT when you present your own cup, are Bainbridge Bakers, Blackbird Bakery, BoatHouse Coffee, Commuter Comforts, Pegasus, Roosters, and Town & Country Espresso Shop. 
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BAINBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY LOBBY DISPLAY - From April 1-15, check out the display case by Zero Waste as you enter the lobby.  See facts and photos of where our trash gets buried (the Columbia Ridge Landfill in Oregon), plus lots more.
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STYROFOAM RECYCLING - Save your clean, dry, white, breakable Styrofoam for Bay Hay and Feed's semi-annual collection on July 19 & 20, 2014. (No Earth Day collection this year.) 
Take Styrofoam peanuts year-round to the UPS Store for reuse.  Compostable peanuts you can reuse yourself (not accepted by UPS), or simply hose them down and this cornstarch mixture disappears!
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RECOVER FOOD SCRAPS!!! - Do you ever throw away food?  Will you ever host an event where food is served?  If you answered yes to either question, then please read this:

"The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming," according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

Instead of putting food scraps in the trash, stay cool and compost them at home or sign up for Bainbridge Disposal's yard waste service (they take all food!) at 206-842-4882.  You can also pay a minimal fee to dump food waste at the transfer station in with yard waste.

Other acceptable organic material in curbside yard waste or at the transfer station: 
Pizza boxes, paper egg cartons, noncoated paper plates, waxed paper cups, cups labeled "compostable", paper towels and napkins, shredded paper, paper food wrap, and molded paper take-out clamshell cartons
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FREE COMPSTING BASICS CLASS -  Friday, April 18, 1-2pm, in the Bainbridge Public Library garden near the shed.  Led by master composter John Barutt.  Just show up.
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MARKER RECYCLING - Do you have any dried-up markers?  Instead of throwing washable, permanent or dry erase markers in the trash, recycle them at The Curious Child, 1050 Hillebrand Lane.  (All BISD schools are recycling them, too.)  They will send them to Crayola, that will have the plastic converted to a clean-burning fuel.  Watch the video here:  http://jbi-united.org/dd_page.html .