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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

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Go here to see our 2014 HOLIDAY RECYCLING GUIDE.
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JANUARY ZERO WASTE MEETING  - January 21, 7-8:30pm,
at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West
We will be finalizing our priorities for 2015.
Please come - everyone has a unique perspective to offer,
from which we build a more effective program.

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BROKEN STRINGS of LIGHTS RECYCLING - Now through February 15 at ACE Hardware.
They are sent to Lights for Life.
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STYROFOAM RECYCLING - January 10 & 11, 9am-4pm at Bay Hay and Feed
It goes to Styro Recycle. Start saving up now!
Acceptable
: -- Clean -- Dry -- White -- Snappable type -- Chunks or coolers --
Not acceptable
: -- Squeezable type -- "Peanuts"
Take Styro peanuts (NOT compostable peanuts) to the UPS Store for reuse.
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BUBBLE WRAP RECYCLING
- January 10 & 11, 9am-4pm at the BARN building (temporary location at the corner of Valley Rd and Sunrise Dr; the yellow building kitty corner from Bay Hay and Feed).  Place in labeled recycling toter.
Acceptable - clear, not colored; remove all tape.
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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING - Make a reservation with Boy Scout Troop 1564 to pick up
your tree on January 10 so our parks will get freshly mulched trails.
Remove ALL decorations and lights first!
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We make 25% more waste at this time of year than any other.  To turn it from trash to treasure, refer to the BI Zero Waste Holiday Recycling Guide for even more landfill diversion opportunities.

Better yet, don't make that trash or recycling in the first place.  Did you know that for every can of garbage or recycling, 70 more cans of waste was created just to make that stuff we throw away or recycle!  So it's better to reduce or reuse before we even think of recycling.  Check out Trisha Bergdorf's holiday blog post for easy ways to accomplish this.

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CLIMATE ACTION BLOG - 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."  Three stories that concern local zero waste efforts and events are described here: