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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 - Saturday, September 10, 11am-12:30pm
BEACH CLEANUP - Saturday, September 17, between 10am-2pm (low tide).  The first-ever Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup takes place to coincide with Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day.  Our goal is to scour all 53 miles of Bainbridge shoreline for trash.  Let's keep marine animals safe from our discards!  Please go here to see how to pick a segment.
ZW at the FARMERS' MARKET on August 20 - Come visit our booth between 9am-1pm at Town Square at the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market.
STYROFOAM RECYCLING COLLECTION - 125 households dropped off enough Styrofoam block packaging to fill 20 giant plastic bags.  Fifteen volunteers brushed off and snapped the foam over the two-day collection period at Bay Hay and Feed on July 23&24.  Thank you to owner Howard Block for hosting and eventually driving all those bags down to the recycling prep facility in Kent.  Thanks also to T&C for selling Zero Waste the bags at cost.  Citizen donations cover the cost of the bags.  The next collection event will be January 2017.  In the meantime, keep that Styro clean and dry. (And tell those companies to use more easily recyclable packing material!)

WE NEEDED YOU on JULY 4TH...and you answered the call by filling the 46 volunteer slots to staff our resource recovery stations in 2-hour shifts. Whereas long ago the festival discards would overflow a 40-yard Dumpster, this year, through vendors purchasing compostable and recyclable tableware and volunteers guiding the public on proper disposal, only 15 cubic yards heads to the landfill.  The rest becomes new products or soil amendment.

ZW NEWSLETTER - Issue no. 2 has hit the "newstands."  Look for a beige vertical half sheet.

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.


Edible Cutlery Gets Rid Of Plastic!

Coolest invention ever!

Posted by Extreme Health Radio on Wednesday, March 16, 2016