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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

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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, February 8, 7-8:30pm.
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STYROFOAM RECYCLING - Zero Waste volunteers will be on hand to receive your CLEAN, dry, white snappable Stryrofoam on January 21 &22, 2017, 10am-4pm, at Bay Hay and Feed. Please remove all stickers and tape. A 25-cent donation is requested to offset the cost of the gigantic plastic bags.  
Not accepted: Styro peanuts, bendable Styro or bubble wrap.  Please take to UPS for reuse.
If you can help us Saturday morning, please sign up here.  Please include your email address in the comment section so I can send a reminder.
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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.
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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.