Zero Waste

Zero Waste2024-04-03T21:24:55-07:00

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.

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 nonprofit 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.

Styrofoam Collection

Find out where and what to recycle and how to prepare.

Archived Reports

Monthly newsletters ~ Year-end reports ~ Past campaigns

Get Involved

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


Visit Zero Waste at the BI Farmers’ Market
Opening Day

Saturday, April 6, 10am-2pm

  • Play Earth Month
  • Pick up litter collection bags
  • Sign up for a kitchen food scrap bucket
  • Drop off small metal scraps
  • Talk with us about anything waste related!!!

Styrofoam Recycling Collection

Kitsap Solid Waste is holding its only Styrofoam recycling collection event of the year on Saturday, April 27, 10am-3pm, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Kitchen Pail Food Scrap Collection

The City of Bainbridge Island will conduct a 12-week study on use of kitchen pails for food scraps by Bainbridge Island residents beginning around July 2024. Participating households will receive a complimentary kitchen pail, as well as educational materials on composting organic materials on Bainbridge, and be asked to fill out a short survey at the end of the twelve weeks.

If your household is interested in joining this program, please complete this form, and a City staff member will contact you regarding your participation in the coming months.

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.

Volunteer with Us!

Currently looking for…

  • Farmers’ Market Green Team members – Keep the discards sorted right! Details here.
  • Lending Library librarians – Public facing or behind the scenes. Details here.

#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

Bainbridge Islandwide Litter Cleanup

April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm

Sustainable Bainbridge Board Meeting

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sock Darning Workshop

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sustainable Bainbridge Board Meeting

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

Sustainable Bainbridge Board Meeting

June 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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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