Zero Waste2022-01-09T18:22:40-08:00

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.

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 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.

The Zero Waste International Alliance defines “zero waste” as “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.”  Below is the hierarchy to achieve zero waste. Details on the hierarchy can be found here.

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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New Waste Reduction Ordinance

On November 9, 2021, the Bainbridge Island City Council passed a Disposable Food Service Ware and Waste Reduction ordinance. Starting January 1, 2022, accessories such as straws, utensils, and condiments will be provided upon request. In January of 2023, home-compostable take-out ware, reusable dine-in ware, and a single-use cup fee go into effect.

See details here

Getting Rid of Holiday Stuff

This time of year, we party and gift more and toss out 25% more than any other month. Go to our Holiday Guide to find out how to purchase and discard responsiby and celebrate with less waste.

Holiday tips

Campaign Sign Collection

About 200 campaign signs were saved from ending up in the landfill by council, school board, park and fire commission candidates who turned them in for a reuse project.

Read more here

Spectacular Trashion!

See two of the winners below. On the left, best use of materials, and second from right, best ready-to-wear.
Check out the 2021 program page for all results and designers’ outfits.

Watch the Trashion Show video!

Ridwell – The Special Recyclables Service

Join the 470 Bainbridge households that have signed up this past year for Ridwell’s specialized doorstep recycling service.  Click the button below to find out more.

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.

Read more 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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