Zero Waste

Zero Waste2021-01-26T21:29:36-08:00

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.

Sustainable Bainbridge created BIZW in 2010. It is managed and run all by 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 semi-monthly newsletter to keep current on our activities, opportunities for participation and education, and other zero waste news.

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.

Pre-Covid, we met monthly, either in general public meetings or as a steering committee, which consists of Diane Landry (ZW director), Alison Kettering, Susan Knell, Jane Martin, Barbara Ochota, and Dawn Snider. Check the events listings below for the next scheduled general meeting.

What We Do and How We Inform

Reuse and Recycling Information

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

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Tableware Lending Library

Borrow tableware for your next private or nonprofit event.

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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.

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Styrofoam Collection

Two collections a year. Find out when and what to bring and how to prepare.

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Archived Reports

Semi-monthly newsletters ~ Meeting minutes ~ Year-end reports ~ Past campaigns

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Get Involved

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

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ZW Meeting Recording 1-13-21

Our guest speaker was Heather Church, owner of Bainbridge Disposal, the designated waste hauler on Bainbridge and recycling and yard waste service provider to residents and businesses. To see the recording of the meeting, go here.

#1 Way to Help Recycling

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

Read more here

Rubbermaid Recycling

Food storage containers do not get recycled locally.  Zero Waste is participating in a Terracycle program to recycle old, worn-out containers (including glass) such as Rubbermaid. Place your mismatched top or bottom or scratched up plastic food containers in the bin located outside the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West.  Single-use containers are not accepted.

More info here

What Do I Do with This Mailer?

Mailing envelopes come in all different forms: bubble wrap, padded, paper + bubblewrap, and more.
Find out whether you should recycle them curbside, take to the grocery store, compost or landfill.

Find out here

Zero Waste Events

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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