Zero Waste2021-05-27T11:58:19-07:00

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 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.

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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Highlights

Deb Rudnick: Earth Day Award Recipient

Dr. Deb Rudnick is one of this year’s recipients of the 2021 Kitsap County Earth Day award for her contributions in a wide variety of sustainability areas. Most notably, she has served as BI Watershed Council chair for 16 years and is one of the primary author’s of the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Read more here

Recycle Your Old Tennis Balls

Bainbridge Athletic Club is participating in RecycleBalls, a nonprofit that takes old tennis balls. Drop the balls off at the front desk in a bag or box, not in cans.  Some of the balls end up being sold and reused as dog balls. The rest are recycled. Watch the recycling process and find out what they get recycled into here.

What To Do with Plant Pots

There are many local farmers and nurseries that can use your old plant pots. Click the button below to find out where to take them.

Who Reuses Pots

Bring Ridwell to Bainbridge

Join the over 310 Bainbridge households that have recently signed up for Ridwell’s specialized doorstep recycling service.  Click the button below to find out more.

Details here

Carbon Footprint of Food Waste

If you missed the Climate & Energy Forum’s presentation, “Carbon Footprint of Food Waste,” never fear! To learn about food waste reduction and landfill diversion on the national, state and local levels, go here to access the recording, presenters’ slides, and recommended websites.

#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.

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Zero Waste Events

Styrofoam and CD/DVD Recycling Collection

June 26 @ 5:00 pm - June 27 @ 8:00 pm

Trashion Show

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 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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