Single-use plastic litters our oceans and roadsides, kills creatures that ingest it, and is becoming more prevalent in human bodies.
Use durable containers when possible.
A recycling symbol on a product does not necessarily mean it can be recycled in every community, if at all. (Read EcoCycle’s excellent guide on greenwashing terms.)
On Bainbridge and throughout Kitsap County, curbside service and transfer stations accept only the following types of plastic. Recycle only if rinsed, clean and empty.
bottles – plastic top in trash*
jugs – plastic top in trash*
jars – top in trash*
dairy tubs – lid goes to trash
Empty squeezable snack plastic pouches and caps, any brand, may be put in the Zero Waste box outside the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West.
Clamshells are not recyclable except through Ridwell.
Dark brown or black plastic bottles are not “read” by the scanners at the recycling center and end up in the landfill, so don’t bother recycling them. Please put them in your trash.
* As of 2022, caps in the trash is a new county rule. However, the specialized doorstep recycling service, Ridwell, will take plastic bottle caps.
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