Zero Waste

Zero Waste2023-05-24T18:41:29-07:00

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 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, Carolyn Hart, and Whitney Lane. 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

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 when and what to bring and how to prepare.

Archived Reports

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

Get Involved

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


Rotary Auction Green Team

Help us keep the largest reuse event in the Pacific Northwest a low-waste one. Volunteer between June 30-July 8, any hours 8am-8pm, with the Green Team and our sub-groups: the recycle team, Lawn of Opportunity, cardboard & box team, food waste team and/or the Green Desk.

Sneaker Fundraising Collection

Through at least July, bring sneakers in good to fair condition to

  • Island Fitness
  • BI Rec Center
  • Sole Mates
  • Bay Hay and Feed

Terracycle Collection Returns to the Marge

Thank you to Mark Johnson for the new collection box for Terracycle recyclables, now back at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West. Use the right-hand side for accepted recyclables.

Eco-brick Drop-off Moves

The new drop-off location for V Calvez’s eco-bricks, featured in a previous Zero Waste newsletter, is Sacred Groves, 9255 Holly Farm Lane. Look for the drop-off container by the Sacred Groves sign to deposit your stuffed half-gallon milk cartons or 52 oz. plastic juice containers.

Since paper milk cartons are no longer accepted for recycling, and the plastic used as stuffing is not recyclable otherwise, V’s projects are a good way to keep these materials out of the landfill and put them to beneficial use.

To learn how to make the “bricks,” which are used as insulation in V’s various projects, such as the Winslow Cohousing composter, click the button below.

No More Home Containers for Bulk Food Refills at T&C

Sustainability director Marina Heppenstall explains the end (for now) of food refills with your own container at the Bainbridge T&C store and why Poulsbo’s Central Market will still allow them.

#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

Zero Waste Farmers Market Booth

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Beach Cleanup

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 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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