Zero Waste2021-11-23T14:45:13-08:00

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.

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

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!

Corrugated Plastic Sign Collection

Zero Waste’s Susan Knell is now collecting both the signs and the metal posts. The polypropylene plastic will be reused in insulation projects. The metal stands will be stored for anyone who needs to borrow them for future sign use.
Please drop off separated signs and posts at the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West. There is a marked grey bin in front of the building for collecting certain Terracycle items. They can be set inside the bin, or if too crowded, placed neatly next to it. Email Susan with questions.

Movie:
The Story of Plastic

This Emmy award-winning feature film for documentary writing is a tough look at the global consequences of the production and disposal of single-use plastics. Watch till the end of November for free.

Watch 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

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

Bring Ridwell to Bainbridge

Join the 428 Bainbridge households that have recently signed up for Ridwell’s specialized doorstep recycling service.  Click the button below to find out more.

Details 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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