Zero Waste

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Connect with BI Zero Waste

About Us

Bainbridge Island Zero Waste’s mission is to reduce the amount of waste produced by our community, from acquisition to disposal. We aim to encourage changes in behavior that ultimately lead to a more sustainable use of resources.

Want to know if you can recycle something?
Want to know which organization might reuse your functional item?

Get the answers on our “Guide to Reusing and/or Recycling Locally” page.

Sustainable Bainbridge created BIZW in 2010. It is managed and run by all volunteers. We encourage you to explore our site, check out news posts and future events, and engage with us if anything strikes your fancy.
Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep current on our activities, opportunities for participation and education, and other zero waste news.

We have yet to resume in-person meetings for the general public. Occasionally we hold Zoom meetings with special speakers. (The events calendar below will keep you informed of those occasions.) Our steering committee consists of Carolyn Hart, Diane Landry (ZW director), Alison Kettering (program speaker liaison), Susan Knell (Terracycle collector), Whitney Lane, Jane Martin (Tableware Lending Library head), and Barbara Ochota (education lead). We encourage you to contact us if you would like to be involved in Zero Waste endeavors.

What We Do and How We Inform

Reuse and Recycling Information

Reuse/Recycle Guide ~ Recycling Quiz ~ Reduce Tips ~ Holiday Waste ~ Plastics Pledge

Tableware Lending Library

Borrow tableware for your next private or organizational event.

Zero Waste Event Assistance

Help us manage discard stations at Bainbridge Island community celebrations. Learn how to set up your own and borrow our supplies.

Archived Reports

Monthly newsletters ~ Year-end reports ~ Past campaigns

Get Involved

We are an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization. Find out how you can help.


Volunteer on July 4th

Zero Waste recruits 50 volunteers to set up, staff and take down discard stations for BI’s biggest celebration, the Grand Old Fourth. No experience is necessary. When you go to Doodle, ignore the “Vote” language and know that the shift(s) you check will be what you show up for.

Volunteer throughout
Rotary Auction Week

The biggest reuse event in the Pacific Northwest, the Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale, recruits 2000 volunteers to help June 29-July 6. Join the Green Team crew, who makes sure that packaging is recycled and that unsaleable donations get to community harvesters. Choose from the Lawn of Opportunity, the Green Desk, the Recycling team, Food, and Cardboard.


Farmers Market Zero Waste Booth

Compost All Food!

If you’re not making this happen at home (see pic below), then try out Bainbridge Disposal’s new 32-gallon food/yard waste curbside cart. It still gets picked up every other week and on the same day as the 96-gallon cart, but might fit your lifestyle better.

Scrap Metal Recycling

Zero Waste has partnered with the BI Senior Center to set up a year-round collection of small pieces of metal that are not allowed in curbside or transfer station mixed recycling. The Senior Center is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Look for the display below and drop in keys, hardware, lids (make sure they are clean), beer caps, etc. Do not include food or drink cans, as these go with regular recycling.

#1 Way to Help Recycling

Put your recyclables in your curbside bin LOOSE. The same goes for the transfer station. Recyclables bundled in plastic bags do not get opened; they are automatically landfilled.

Zero Waste Events

SB Partner – Mending Meetups

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SB Partner – Mending Meetups

July 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SB Partner – Mending Meetups

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beach Cleanup

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zero Waste News

Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to any of our Sustainable Bainbridge newsletters here. There is a general monthly newsletter that compiles articles submitted by the various SB programs and campaigns. There are also newsletters specific to certain programs.

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