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Zero Waste Initiative

Zero Waste

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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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.
Wednesdays - At the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
Saturdays - At Sotheby's Realty (next to Bon Bon on Winslow Way)
NEXT MEETING - Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 8, 7-8:30pm.
Our special guest will be Heather Trim, executive director of Zero Waste Washington.
TRASHION SHOW ENTRIES - Due March 12, 2017.  Cash prizes in each category! Go here to see description of the categories for repurposed and recycled outfits.  Get inspired by last year's creations here

Tickets for the show on Saturday, April 22, 6:30-7:30 (doors opening at 5:30 for pre-show activities) are now available here.  It is free to attend; a suggested donation of $10/family at the door is appreciated.  All donations will go to benefit the Zero Waste project of better faceplate signage on the downtown recycling Big Bellies. (Currently, the recycling is trashed because it is so contaminated.)

Our fabulous sponsors for the Trashion Show are IslandWood, Bainbridge Disposal, Windermere realtors Patti Shannon and Diane Sugden, Port Madison Enterprises, Sash Mercantile, and Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.
STYROFOAM RECYCLING REPORT - Microplastics, including tiny Styrofoam flecks, are now being found in the tissues of grocery store fish.  These small plastic pieces adsorb persistent organic pollutants, which cause adverse effects on humans and the ecosystem. 

On one past January weekend, 20 Zero Waste and community volunteers devoted more than 60 hours to snapping and bagging this insidious packaging material at a recycling collection event sponsored by Bay Hay and Feed.  With record drop-offs, it is heartening to know that more and more of our neighbors are keeping this stuff out of the landfill.  Let’s go further and do away with this material as packaging altogether. 

The next time you receive a product encased in #6 EPS, aka Styrofoam, contact the offending company and tell them to switch to a more benign and recyclable/compostable material, such as paper, cardboard or mushroom molding.  The food chain of Puget Sound (that includes us!) and of water bodies worldwide will be much better off.
FOOD DISPOSAL - Clean your plate!  But if you have leftovers, ANY scraps-- including meat and bones! -- can go in the Bainbridge Disposal yard waste container.  Go here to receive service.

Bainbridge Disposal trucks the island's yard waste to North Mason Fiber in Belfair.
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.
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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 for your next function.

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WHERE DOES OUR RECYCLING GO? - It is trucked to the Port of Tacoma to a materials recovery facility (MRF, pronounced "murf") run by Waste Management.  There the mixed recyclables are sorted by type, baled, then sold off to be processed into new materials.  Here is a short video explaining the general process. For a bit longer video about the actual Kitsap County recycling process, go here.