Guide to Reusing and/or Recycling Locally2021-04-18T19:24:31-07:00

How to Use the Guide

Look at the alphabetical list of items below or type your key word into the search box. The reuse and recycle suggestions for each item focus on the most local options and are continually under revision.  Always check first to make sure the location is still accepting your item.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, try Kitsap Solid Waste’s What Do I Do with It? guide.

If you don’t see something on the list but do know of a local reuse or recycle option, please contact us.

To give your item to an individual, try posting on Facebook’s Buy Nothing Bainbridge or Free on the Rock or on craigslist or Freecycle.

Aerosol Cans2020-05-31T10:23:56-07:00

Disposal:

Empty Cans: If you cannot hear propellant gas being released from the aerosol can when you hold the trigger, the can is safe to put in the garbage.

Full or Partially-full Cans: If you can’t use up the product, take to Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for free disposal. Visit the facility website for hours and instructions for using this facility.

Rethink:

Use refillable pump spray bottles instead of aerosol cans and sprays.

Last updated 5/31/20

Air Pillows2020-11-14T12:44:06-08:00

Reuse:

The UPS Store will accept air-filled ones with no promotional brand names printed on other than that of the air pillow manufacturer.
Zutto Vintage & Antiques will accept any air-filled ones.

Recycle:

Pop and place in the plastic bag recycling container at Safeway or T&C.

Last updated 11/14/20

Appliances (Large)2020-06-06T09:36:01-07:00

Reuse:

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Recycle:

Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – $35 fee for large appliances and air conditioners

Puget Sound Energy – If you have a refrigerator or freezer manufactured in 1992 or before, Puget Sound Energy will haul away and recycle for free. You might even get a rebate. Find out more here.

Last updated 6/6/20

Appliances (Small)2020-05-31T20:42:35-07:00

Reuse:

Goodwill – A Goodwill donation truck is located in the Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware parking lot, 635 NE High School Rd. Drop off only when they are open, which is almost 365 days a year. Hours are, 8:30am-5pm, but it is not uncommon for them to close up early due to a full truck. Do not leave items next to the truck.

Check here for Goodwill’s donation guidelines. Items should be in usable condition and keep in mind, the Bainbridge truck takes items no larger than an end table. (The Silverdale and Bremerton locations can take bigger items.)

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale – Donate to the largest rummage sale in the Northwest. Go here to learn about donations and donation week. Proceeds primarily support local organizations.

Recycle:

Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – Anything with a cord — except string lights — is accepted. Put in the designated container; do not put in with mixed recyclables.
The flat mixed recycling fee of $10 applies to small appliances.

  • Small household appliances such as microwaves, blenders, coffee pots, crock pots, mixers, irons, tea kettles, toasters, toaster ovens, fans and humidifiers
  • Lamps (remove bulb!)
  • Radios
  • Power tools
  • Vacuums

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Best Buy, 9551 Ridgetop NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/24/20

Arts and Crafts Supplies2020-05-31T20:52:25-07:00

Reuse:

Last updated 5/30/20

Automotive Products2020-05-21T22:08:26-07:00

Recycle:

Antifreeze
Automotive batteries
Uncontaminated motor oil

Drop-off is free at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. Look for the designated container.

Last updated 5/21/20

Bags (Grocery)2020-05-31T00:58:59-07:00

Reuse:

Recycle:

Put in curbside recycling cart or Bainbridge Island Transfer Station’s mixed recyclables dumpster.

Last updated 5/31/20

Batteries (Automotive)2020-05-21T22:05:31-07:00

Recycle:

This  item is accepted at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station, not in curbside recycling. Please look for its designated container. Do not put in the mixed recyclables container.

Last updated 5/21/20

Batteries (Rechargeable, Button and Single-use)2020-12-07T15:08:28-08:00

Recycle:

Batteries are accepted at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station, not in curbside recycling. Please look for the designated container — white 5-gallon buckets next to the electronics shed. Do not put in the mixed recyclables container.

Bainbridge Ace Hardware – They take household batteries: alkaline and rechargeable (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) and lithium-ion (button type).

Last updated 12/7/20

Beauty Products2021-05-15T22:08:34-07:00

Recycle:

Nordstrom – Any empty packaging that can’t go into your regular curbside bin can be dropped off in a BEAUTYCYCLE bin in the Beauty department in every Nordstrom and Nordstrom Local location in the U.S. That’s everything from pump caps and hair spray triggers to makeup such as lipstick cases, eyeliner pencils, and mascara tubes.

All brands of beauty product packaging are accepted.

You do not need to clean the products and packaging before dropping off at Nordstrom for recycling through TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the remaining product as possible and make sure your items are dry before dropping off.

Last updated 5/15/21

Bicycles & Accessories2020-06-25T13:10:21-07:00

Reuse:

Bicycles for Humanity Seattle is a grassroots organization that collects rideable bicycles, puts them in large shipping containers, and then ships them to South Africa every year to help poor and impoverished villagers improve their lives with transportation.  Bikes can be dropped off at Classic Cycle or B.I.Cycle.  If you have questions, contact the head of the Bainbridge Island chapter directly at [email protected].

Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale – Donate to the largest rummage sale in the Northwest. Go here to learn about donations and donation week. Proceeds primarily support local organizations.

Classic Cycle also does trade-ins on bikes and bike parts.

Recycle:

Bicycle inner tubes – Classic Cycle gives them to Alchemy Goods, which makes upcycled goods.

If your bike is totally mangled, take to the scrap metal dumpster at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.

Last updated 5/31/20

Books2021-05-23T20:57:51-07:00

Reuse:

Donate books that are in good condition. Do not donate (or recycle) if books are moldy, dirty, damp, water-damaged or infested with insects.

  • Bainbridge Public Library – no older textbooks, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Goodwill in Ace Hardware parking lot
  • Discover Books blue metal drop boxes on Hildebrand Lane across from Starbucks and in the McDonald’s parking lot
  • Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station in designated dropbox

Recycle:

If books are damaged, e.g., have broken spines, loose or torn pages, or too many pages that have been written in or highlighted, then recycle. Put mildewed or water-damaged books in the trash. Hardcover books must have the hard cover torn off and discarded. If the thickness of the book is greater than a half inch, tear out the pages in half-inch chunks or less to recycle.

E-books (e.g., Kindles) should be recycled at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station in the E-cycling container.

Rethink:

Consider hosting a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.

Last updated 5/23/2021

Bottle Caps2020-05-31T00:40:07-07:00

Recycle:

Plastic bottle caps can only be recycled if you screw them back on empty plastic bottles. If they go in loose in the recycling bin, they are too small to make it through the recycling process and end up in the trash pile.

Do not recycle lids — their shape, flat, makes them likely to get sorted mechanically with flat paper and contaminate the paper bales.

Last updated 5/31/20

Brita Products2021-04-10T21:40:17-07:00

Recycle:

Send in free of charge any Brita filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, and packaging once you sign up and are accepted into the Terracycle program.

Last updated 4/10/21

Bubble Wrap2020-11-14T12:45:03-08:00

Reuse:

The UPS Store, 321 High School Rd NE – Clean, no tape; at least 12″x 18″
Zutto Vintage & Antiques, 162 Bjune Dr SE – Clean, no tape

If your bubble wrap is the silver insulation type, offer it up on a free site: Facebook’s Buy Nothing Bainbridge or Free on the Rock or on craigslist or Freecycle. They make good insulation, e.g., for a water heater.

Recycle:

Safeway and T&C – Clean, no tape. Just the clear type, not silver insulation. Put in the container designated for plastic bags.

Last updated 11/14/20

Calculators2020-05-26T21:07:50-07:00

Recycle:

Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – in designated container

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/26/20

Cameras2020-05-23T23:19:35-07:00

Recycle:

Best Buy
9551 Ridgetop Blvd NW, Silverdale

  • Binoculars
  • Camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital photo frames
  • Lenses
  • Memory cards
  • SLR cameras

Staples
2850 Northwest Bucklin Hill Rd NW, Silverdale

  • Camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital projectors
  • Webcams

Last updated 5/23/20

Canisters (Camping)2020-05-31T10:19:30-07:00

Recycle:

Navy City Metals, 3805 State Hwy 3 W Bremerton – Canisters must be empty!

Last updated 5/31/20

Car Seats2020-09-14T12:15:10-07:00

Target hosts car seat take-back collections for two weeks in May and in September. The most recent is  September 13-26, 2020.  Drop off in the designated area near guest services. A 20% off coupon for another car seat or select baby gear is available upon trade-in.

All types of car seats are accepted, including infant car seats, convertible car seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, as well as car seats that are expired or damaged.

Materials from old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management, to create new products like pallets, plastic buckets and construction materials like steel beams and carpet padding.

For complete details, go here.

Last updated 9/14/20

Cardboard2020-05-31T12:33:54-07:00

Recycle:

Curbside or at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station in the designated cardboard container.

Remove all inner packaging. Flatten.
Do not recycle greasy or food-stained pizza boxes. If the top is unstained, tear off and recycle that part.

Last updated 5/31/20

Only recycle corrugated cardboard in the designated cardboard container at the transfer station.
Corrugated is defined by the “squiggle” layer between the top and bottom layers.

Last updated 5/23/20

Cartridges2021-06-14T12:06:42-07:00

Recycle:

Office Max – 21800 Market Pl NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Ink or toner cartridges, up to 10 cartridges per month. There is an accompanying rewards program.
Best Buy – 9551 Ridgetop Blvd NW, Silverdale, WA 98383.  Ink or toner cartridges, limit 3 per day. You may receive credit towards future purchases.
HP – Offers different ways to recycle cartridges for free. Check here.
Canon – Accepts certain of its own products through free mail-in program.

Last updated 6/14/21

CDs and DVDs2020-05-30T10:51:46-07:00

Reuse:

Bainbridge Island Public Library accepts donations of CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. They must be in good condition in the original cases.

Recycle:

You can bring the disks (no cases) to the semi-annual Styrofoam recycling collection at Bay Hay and Feed. Check this page for the date of the next collection.

Last updated 5/30/20

Reuse:

Bainbridge Island Public Library accepts donations of CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. They must be in good condition in the original cases.

Recycle:

You can bring the disks (no cases) to the semi-annual Styrofoam recycling collection at Bay Hay and Feed. Check this page for the date of the next collection.

Last updated 5/30/20

Cell Phones2021-04-29T11:33:31-07:00

Cell phones contain rare earth and toxic metals and should be reused, refurbished or recycled.  In fact, a single mobile phone uses 74 kilograms of precious metals. But recycled devices can eliminate that waste. For example, one metric ton of old devices can yield more than 100 times more gold than a metric ton of gold ore mined for new devices.

Remember, before donating, be sure to take the SIM card out of your cell phone.

Reuse:

City Hall –  280 Madison Av N.  There is a box in the lobby.  They give to the YWCA ALIVE program.

Recycle:

Helpline House sends them to Pace Butler.
Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – Place in dedicated electronics container

Last updated 4/29/21

Cigarette butts2020-06-27T10:19:51-07:00

Cigarette butts are the #1 littered item in the world. Read why they harmful to the environment.

Recycle:

Terracycle runs a cigarette waste recycling program. Find out more here.

Last updated 6/27/20

Clothing2021-06-29T23:08:23-07:00
The fashion industry accounts for about 10% of our global carbon emissions and 20% of its wastewater, not to mention the millions of microplastics shed into the ocean from washing machines.
Calculate your closet’s climate change impact by taking this short and fun survey.

Rethink:

Clothing and other textiles are primarily responsible for the presence of microplastics in the ocean (accounting for 35%, according to the poster below left). To make clothes last longer — and shed fewer microplastics into the environment — simply wear them longer before washing. The poster below right offers other tips to reduce microfiber pollution.

Another tip: Avoid using dryers as much as possible. All that tumbling around wears out the fibers faster,
Ultimately, limiting the amount of synthetic clothing that you buy and wear is key to solving this issue long-term.

Here are eight tips for giving socks a longer life.

Reuse:

A Zero Waste guide for where to give second-use clothing

A Zero Waste guide for where to buy/rent second-use clothing

To read about the pros and cons of various second-hand shopping online sites, go here.

This blog has plenty of ideas for reusing and upcycling old t-shirts.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

Recycle:

Good and bad condition, damaged, torn, stained, and worn clothing, shoes, and fabrics. Nothing wet wet, moldy or having hazardous material traces.

  • Goodwill (Ace Hardware parking lot) – Open every day, 8:30am-5pm, or until the truck is full. Unwearable items may become wiping and polishing cloths or are turned into fibers for things like upholstery, insulation and furniture stuffing.
  • Northwest Center dropboxes – Located in Eagle Harbor Church parking lot, Via Rosa parking lot
  • H&M Clothing Store in Silverdale Mall. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.
  • Northface – 520 Pike St., Seattle.  The items you drop into their bins are sent to a recycling center, where they are carefully sorted based on over 400 categories. They are then reused to extend their life or recycled into raw materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing.
  • Marine Layer – 319 Pine St., Seattle.  Give them your old t-shirts and receive $5 credit up to $25. Clothing in the store is very environmentally friendly.

Compost (maybe?) :

If reuse or recycling is not possible, consider composting natural fabrics. Please read this very useful article first. NEVER put them in curbside or transfer station yard waste. However, if you have backyard composting, you may want to give it a try.

Last updated 6/29/21

Commingled (mixed) Recyclables2021-06-21T15:56:06-07:00

Mixed recyclables are collected curbside through a subscription service with Bainbridge Disposal or may be taken to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. At the transfer station, an $11 flat fee covers all mixed recyclables, cardboard, scrap metal and one can of trash.

Make sure containers are RINSED and EMPTY; paper should be dry.
Recycle loose, NEVER in a plastic bag.

These items are accepted in the Bainbridge recycling program:

Aluminum

  • cans

NO aluminum foil or food trays

Glass

  • bottles & jars (no lids)

NO drinking glasses
NO window panes

Metal

  • food cans

NO scrap metal (goes in the scrap metal dumpster at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station)

Paper

  • junk mail
  • magazines and catalogues
  • newspaper
  • copy paper
  • construction paper
  • wrapping paper (not embossed, metallic foil or glittery)
  • paper or frozen food boxes (no liners, PLEASE flatten)
  • paper bags
  • phone books
  • milk and juice cartons (not Tetrapaks)

NO paper cups, plates or bowls (put in trash)
NO non-tearable paper (put in trash)
NO shredded paper (put in compost if free of plastic)
NO greasy pizza boxes (put in compost)
NO tissue paper (put in compost)
NO tissues, paper towels or paper napkins (put in compost)

Plastics

  • bottles & jugs & jars (empty and recap plastic screw tops)
  • dairy tubs (no lids)

Last updated 6/21/21

Computers and Accessories2020-05-28T20:44:24-07:00

Recycle:

  • Accessories/adapters/cables
  • All-in-one computers
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Computer speakers
  • Connected home devices
  • Desktop computers
  • eReaders
  • Flash drives
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Laptops
  • Modems
  • Monitors (including CRT, LED/LCD, plasma)
  • Printers (not cartridges*)/multifunction devices
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Small servers
  • Stereo receivers
  • Tablets
  • UPS/battery backup devices
  • Video streaming devices (Apple TV®, Roku Player, etc.)
  • Webcams

Take to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station and place in the designated recycling for electronics.
* Take printer cartridges to OfficeXPats – Drop in the big cardboard box outside the front entrance.

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/24/20

Construction Materials2020-05-30T11:09:24-07:00

By weight, this is the single largest category of materials that go into the landfill.

Reuse:

Pallets (wooden) – They are popular on give-away sites.  Otherwise, Bay Hay and Feed or Bainbridge Gardens will take back a few to reuse. Bay Hay will give them to their truck drivers and Bainbridge Gardens will add them to their stack. But they both think giving them away is the better alternative.

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Recycle:

Concrete – Recycling can be less expensive than disposal.  Zimmer Pit, 26500 Highway 3 NW Poulsbo, WA 98370

Last updated 5/30/20

Contact Lenses2020-06-09T22:03:06-07:00

Recycle:

Bainbridge Vision
345 Knechtel Way NE # 104, Bainbridge Island

Includes blister packaging.

Last updated 5/21/20

Cooking Oil2021-03-20T10:15:35-07:00

Never put fat, oil or grease down the drain or toilet. It can clog not only your pipes but also the city sewer mains. You should also not add oil to a septic system. It can clog pipes and, even worse, your distribution lines and drainage field. For a deeper dive on the environmental benefits of recycling cooking oil, go here.

Residents can take cooking oil to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. Drop-off is free.
Please follow the guidelines below:

  • For use by residents with cooking oil from their home kitchens. Cooking oil from businesses cannot be recycled here.
  • Before bringing your cooking oil, filter it at home using a strainer, coffee filter, or cheesecloth. Compost or throw away the food particles you filter out.  Take your empty container home to reuse or throw away. Do not leave it in the recycling area.
  • Cooking oil must be in a liquid state; no bacon grease or lard.
    (If you have bacon grease or lard to dispose of, pour the fat or grease into a sturdy container. Once it has cooled and solidified, put the container in the garbage. Put greasy and oily paper towels in the garbage or in your compost cart.)

The cooking oil is recycled by Mahoney Environmental and turned into new products such as animal feed or alternative fuel (biodiesel).

Check out this article about how to properly and safely reuse fry oil.

Last updated 3/19/21

Electronics2021-06-22T23:51:03-07:00

Reuse:

Donate working electronics and accessories to the following organizations. Check their donation guidelines to make sure they will accept the item.

To find out when, why and how to donate a used computer, check out TechSoup’s tips page.

Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale – Donate to the largest rummage sale in the Northwest. Go here to learn about donations and donation week. Proceeds primarily support local organizations.

Goodwill – A Goodwill donation truck is located in the Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware parking lot, 635 NE High School Rd. Drop off only when they are open, which is almost 365 days a year. Hours are, 8:30am-5pm, but it is not uncommon for them to close up early due to a full truck. Do not leave items next to the truck.

Check here for Goodwill’s donation guidelines. Items should be in usable condition and keep in mind, the Bainbridge truck takes items no larger than an end table. (The Silverdale and Bremerton locations can take bigger items.)

Recycle:

Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – Place in the designated recycling box for electronics. Because of Washington state’s E-cycle program, electronics are recycled responsibly and free-of-charge.

  • Accessories/adapters/cables
  • All-in-one computers
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Computer speakers
  • Connected home devices
  • Desktop computers
  • eReaders
  • Flash drives
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Laptops
  • Modems
  • Monitors (including CRT, LED/LCD, plasma)
  • Printers (not cartridges*)/multifunction devices
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Small servers
  • Stereo receivers
  • Tablets
  • UPS/battery backup devices
  • Video streaming devices (Apple TV®, Roku Player, etc.)
  • Webcams

These stores take everything listed above, plus ink toner and cartridges:
Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale – Their tech recycling program has been temporarily suspended.
Best Buy, 9551 Ridgetop NW, Silverdale

* Office Max in Poulsbo takes ink toner and cartridges only.

Last updated 6/20/21

Eyeglasses2021-10-01T21:27:19-07:00

Reuse:

Donate your prescription or reader (drugstore) glasses and non-prescription sunglasses to the following places:

Ace Hardware has a Lions Club box (no cases) at one of the counters.

Bainbridge Vision, 345 Knechtel Way, has a Lions Club box (no cases).

Island Family Eyecare, 164 Winslow Way West donates to a charity.

Last updated 10/1/21

Flag (American)2020-05-31T01:22:51-07:00

Disposal:

  • Ace Hardware, collection box inside the store
  • American Legion Colin Hyde Post 172, 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Rd – Look for the collection box upon turning in.

Last updated 5/31/20

Food2021-05-03T11:25:33-07:00

STOP FOOD WASTE

If food waste were its own country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the United States. The water, land, processing and transport that went into getting our food to market — make it all count by eating what you buy.  Also, wasted food = wasted money.

The National Resources Defense Council “Save the Food” initiative has excellent resources, including tips on meal planning and recipes for using up leftovers and food scraps.  At epicurious.com, you can type in ingredients you have on hand to find a dish to make.

ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the U.S. food system.

Pages 4-11 of this guide by Seattle Public Utilities show how to store 100 fruit and vegetables to prevent spoilage, or check out UC Davis’ one-sheet.

Except for infant formula, dates on food/drink packaging do NOT mean, “throw away” (Source: Food and Drug Administration):

  • “Best if Used By/Before” indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
  • “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except for when used on infant formula as described below.

Reuse:

Helpline House is the local food bank. Place donations in the drop boxes of the local grocery stores, Safeway and T&C. You may also drop off canned (pull-tops preferred) and boxed food and fresh produce at Helpline during modified donation hours, 9-11am, Monday-Friday, not Wednesday.

West Sound Wildlife Shelter accepts expired frozen meat. Please call 206-855-9057 before bringing.

Compost:

Why compost?

More than 30 percent of what gets thrown away every day is food waste that could have been composted. When you compost, you keep valuable resources out of the landfill and avoid methane emissions that contribute to climate change. When compost is returned to the soil, it adds nutrients, retains water, increases yields when growing food and stores carbon. Using compost on lawns and gardens also reduces pesticide use, reduces stormwater runoff and returns important nutrients to the soil so more fruits, vegetables, trees, grasses and other plants can thrive.

Bainbridge Disposal offers a curbside subscription service for yard waste, which includes food.  (We are lucky: only 5% of U.S. compost facilities accept both yard waste and food.)

You can also drop off food in the yard waste receptacle at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. The minimum charge is $3.

Through Bainbridge Disposal, any type* of food may be composted, including…

  • Coffee grounds and paper filters
  • Tea bags (remove attachments)
  • Nutshells
  • Thin shells and bones (no ham bones or oyster shells)
  • Produce (remove stickers!!!)
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Baked goods
* NO cooking oil or grease.  Household cooking oil may be recycled in a special recycling area at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. See this page for instructions.

Food may go into your commercial compost cart or to the transfer station yard waste in a BPI-certified compostable bag, such as any that you see on this page.
Just remember: Do NOT knot your bag. The thickness of the knots keeps them from decomposing in a reasonable time frame.

Last updated 5/3/21

Furniture2020-05-30T11:41:25-07:00

Reuse:

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Games2020-06-03T10:42:39-07:00

Reuse:

Make sure games have all their pieces.

Bainbridge Island Friends of the Public Library – Donations to Bainbridge FOL  support programs, services, physical expansion and operation of library facilities. They also provide funding for children’s programs, magazine subscriptions, support for the staff and other services as needed.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

Last updated 6/3/20

Hazardous Waste2021-10-14T19:59:44-07:00

Once every two years there is a household hazardous waste collection on Bainbridge Island (next up in 2022), run by Kitsap County Solid Waste. Our Zero Waste website will announce when the event is due to occur.
If you can’t hold onto something that long, take it to the Kitsap County Household Hazardous (HHW) Collection Facility.

What is household hazardous waste? If the product label has one or more of the following words on it, chances are you should take your product to Kitsap’s HHW facility.

  • danger
  • caution
  • flammable
  • warning
  • toxic
  • poison
  • combustible

Empty containers belong in the garbage.

And congratulations to Kitsap County Solid Waste’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) team, which received a 2021 “Program Excellence” award from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association!

Last updated 10/14/21

Jewelry and Beads2021-06-30T19:58:47-07:00

Reuse:

The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project accepts donations of any and all jewelry — even broken — to sort, clean, repair, and give to Seattle-area women’s shelters and the YWCA Dress for Success Program. Members of the Seattle Metals Guild, and their friends, volunteer to do the sorting and cleaning.
Bainbridge locations for drop-off during open hours:
Esther’s Fabric Store, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bay Hay and Feed, and Sole Mates.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

K-Cups2020-06-09T21:59:32-07:00

Recycle:

Sign up for an office recycling service through Grounds to Grow on.

Last updated on 5/26/20

Light Bulbs2021-08-08T22:58:50-07:00

Only bulbs with mercury (look for the Hg element symbol) need to be properly recycled.
If you subscribe to Ridwell, you may recycle LEDs and incandescent bulbs through them.

LightRecycle Washington explains why and how to safely dispose of mercury-containing bulbs.

Recycle:
Limit 10 per day

Compact fluorescents (CFLs) and high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs

Ace Hardware
Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station – Give to person at the kiosk
Bay Hay and Feed 
BI Chamber of Commerce
City Hall – Just inside the entrance that faces the main parking lot
Home Depot
OfficeXPats – There is a box right outside the entrance.

Fluorescent tubes

Ace Hardware

Last updated 8/8/21

Mailing Envelopes (Mailers)2021-04-20T12:37:00-07:00

Reuse your mailers, if possible. Otherwise…

  1. Plastic bubble wrap mailers – Recycle with other plastic film at the grocery store. Cut out the paper mailing label first.
  2. Paper mailers with bubblewrap lining – Put in trash.
  3. Plastic film mailers – Recycle with other plastic film at the grocery store. Cut out and trash the paper mailing label first.
  4. Tyvek mailers – Recycle with other plastic film at the grocery store. Cut out and trash the paper mailing label first.
  5. Paper mailer with padded (fiberfill) interior – Compost after removing the plastic strip and cutting out the paper mailing label.
  6. Flat paper and paperboard mailers – Put in with your other recyclables.

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Mattresses2020-05-30T12:11:20-07:00

Reuse:

If your mattress is in usable condition, try giving it away on local Facebook sites, such as Buy Nothing Bainbridge or Free on the Rock, or try Craigslist or Freecycle.

Recycle:

Washington State has not yet passed a producer responsibility law that provides ease of accessibility to mattress recycling for the consumer, such as it has done for big electronics and light bulbs.

Drop-off mattress and box spring recycling is available at NW Furniture Bank in Tacoma for a fee.

For Seattle locations, go to Earth 911.

Rethink:

When it’s time for a new mattress, go eco-friendly with this buying guide .
See how your mattress gets recycled here.

Last updated 5/30/20

Meat trays2020-06-24T11:14:50-07:00

In recyclability terms, there are two types of meat trays: tan and other-colored.

Recycle:

The other-colored (white, blue, black, yellow, etc.) trays are made of polystyrene and may be recycled at the semi-annual Zero Waste Styrofoam Collection. They must be clean! Styrofoam clamshells, bowls, cups and soup cups are also accepted as long as they are clean and dry.

The tan trays are made of cornstarch. They are not compatible for recycling with the other, petro-derived trays. Tan trays may be put in the compost bin at Town & Country Market.  They do not belong in the Bainbridge Disposal yard waste bins.  The reason is because T & C’s compost goes to Olympic Organics, which accepts the cornstarch trays.  Bainbridge Disposal’s yard waste goes to North Mason Fiber, which does not accept cornstarch trays.

Last updated 5/31/20

Medical Equipment2021-10-04T14:13:28-07:00

Reuse:

> Knights of Columbus KC HELP (Hospital Equipment Lend Program)

  • Wheelchairs (manual* and motorized)
  • Walkers
  • Bath and shower benches
  • Commodes
  • Bed rails
  • Medical grab bars
  • Hospital beds
  • Over-the-bed tables
  • Lift chairs
    * Manual wheelchairs are always especially needed.

Helpline House’s borrowing program has been suspended for now.

Last updated 10/4/21

Medication2021-05-01T12:52:49-07:00

NEVER FLUSH MEDICATIONS DOWN THE TOILET.

They adversely affect aquatic life and have shown up in drinking water.

There are two medication take-back locations on Bainbridge:
> Rite Aid Pharmacy, 301 High School Rd NE – Open during pharmacy hours
> Bainbridge Island Police Station, 625 Winslow Way E – During open hours, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Keep pills in bottles and deposit in the dropbox in the lobby.
Check here for other Kitsap County dropbox locations.

What medications are accepted?

Most prescription and over-the-counter medicines can be returned, but medical sharps (needles, etc.) will not be accepted. Drugs sold in any form (solids, liquids, patches) and used by individuals (not businesses) are accepted, including:

  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Brand name and generic drugs, and
  • Drugs for veterinary use
  • Pre-filled auto-injectables (such as EpiPens) are accepted via mail-back envelope

Medicines NOT accepted

  • Medical sharps (needles, syringes) and used (empty) auto injectables (such as EpiPens)
  • Medical devices
  • Vitamins or supplements
  • Illicit drugs
  • Batteries
  • Mercury-containing thermometers
  • Herbal-based remedies and homeopathic drugs, products or remedies
  • Cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreens, toothpaste, lip balm, antiperspirants or other personal care products
  • Pet pesticide products contained in pet collars, powders, shampoos, topical applications, or other forms

In late 2017, the Kitsap Public Health Board approved an ordinance establishing secure medicine return regulations throughout the county, including on Bainbridge.  It is free for all county residents.  Those who are homebound may dispose of unused medicine by mail at no cost.  Go here for all the details.

For a deeper dive into the negative ramifications of flushing drugs, please see here. (Do not use this link for what meds to turn in or where to turn in.)

Last updated 5/1/21

Metal (Scrap)2021-06-21T15:54:41-07:00

Do not put scrap metal in your recycling bin.

Take to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station and put in the scrap metal dumpster. An $11 flat fee applies, which covers all of these things: one can of trash and unlimited mixed recycling, cardboard and scrap metal.

Last updated 6/21/21

Nature items2020-08-07T20:26:54-07:00

Reuse:

Scrappy Art Lab – Takes natural materials like small wood scraps (1 inch to 5 inch squares, or longer sticks to be cut down), shells, interesting rocks and twigs, decorative papers, and old paint or drawing sets.

Last updated 8/7/20

Office Equipment2020-05-24T14:23:59-07:00

Recycle:

  • Copiers (not floor models)
  • Cordless phones
  • Fax machines (not floor models)
  • Printers (not floor models)/multifunction devices
  • Scanners
  • Shredders

There is a designated box for “anything with a cord” at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/24/20

Paint2021-07-04T22:59:58-07:00

In April of 2021, Washington State’s Paint Care program, borne of extended producer responsibility legislation passed in 2019, went into effect. The law provides collection points for residents to turn in latex paint and oil-based paint and certain other items.

Reuse/Recycling:

To avoid having too much leftover paint, use this paint calculator to determine how much is needed for a project. And for basecoat, use your leftover light-colored paint.

Peninsula Paint Company – 937 Hildebrand Lane NE, Suite 100, Bainbridge Island.
Peninsula Paint is a collection point for the Paint Care program. Here is what they accept:

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Go here for what is not accepted.

Disposal:

Oily rags are hazardous and should not go in the trash. Follow the instructions for disposal of oily rags before taking them to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Last updated 7/4/21

Paper (Compostable)2021-10-12T14:07:21-07:00

Reuse:

Paper egg cartons – Butler Green Farms
Paper tubes – Scrappy Art Lab

Compostable:

Some types of paper are not recyclable but are suitable for composting in commercial service yard waste bins.
The following are compostable, not recyclable, either because their fibers are too short to make new paper or because they are soiled.

  • Paper egg cartons (first remove and trash paper label) – will reuse.
  • Paper towels
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Pizza boxes (greasy portion only-clean part goes in recycling; remove any stickers on box; do not include paper lining)
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper tubes

Note: Do not compost paper tea bags. The majority of paper tea bags contain plastic fibers used in the sealant, as well as a potentially troubling chemical called epichlorohydrin that’s added to prevent the bag from breaking.

Last updated 10/12/21

Paper (Recyclable)2021-07-21T11:56:18-07:00

Put in your curbside recycling bin or take to the Bainbridge Island Transfer Station.  There is an $11 flat fee at the transfer station that covers mixed recyclables, cardboard, scrap metal and one can of trash.

Recycle:

  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Writing paper
  • Colored paper
  • Construction paper
  • Greeting cards (just plain – no batteries, plastic, glitter, 3D objects)
  • Wrapping paper (non-foil)
  • Food boxes (no liners, PLEASE flatten)
  • Paper bags – Look under “Bags (Grocery)” category for reuse options
  • Phone books
  • Softcover books (tear apart if more than 1″ thick) – reuse first
  • Milk and juice cartons (not Tetrapaks)
  • Paper envelopes (no padded envelopes)

Make sure paper is…

  • Flat, dry and clean
  • Larger than a postcard
  • Without glue, glitter, or other 3D decoration
  • Loose, not in a plastic bag
  • Envelope windows, staples and labels are okay

DO NOT recycle:

  • Dirty or wet paper – compost if paper has no gloss
  • Moldy paper or moldy softcover books
  • Paper smaller than a postcard (e.g., Post-it notes or scraps) – trash or compost if remove sticky part and scraps have no gloss
  • Shredded paper – compost (no plastic envelope windows or anything plastic)
  • Paper covered in glue, glitter, or paint – trash
  • Receipts – trash
  • Egg cartons -compost after removing shiny label or give to Butler Green Farms
  • Tissue paper – compost (trash if glittery)
  • Shiny/glossy gift wrap – reuse or trash
  • Padded paper bubble mailers – reuse or trash
  • Laminated paper
  • Paper you can’t tear (ferry tickets, etc.)

Reduce:

Reduce the amount of unwanted mail filling up your mailbox:

  • Use CatalogChoice.org to stop catalogs and junk mail from coming to your home.
  • Register at YelllowPagesOptout.com to stop receiving phone books.
  • Follow the FTC’s instructions to stop receiving credit card offers and other marketing junk mail.
  • You can also call the phone number listed on catalogs, or contact the company online, and asked to be removed from their specific mailing list.

Learn:

Here is a good explanation of the paper recycling process, types of paper, and percentage of post-consumer content recommended for various products.

Last updated 7/21/21

Pet Waste2020-05-28T21:17:33-07:00

Pet waste belongs bagged in the trash. Never put in with yard waste.
Dog feces can transmit disease to other pets, children and adults. Pick up your pet’s poop!

Lasat updated 5/28/20

Pill Bottles (amber-colored)2021-05-24T16:16:12-07:00

Reuse:

Sakai Intermediate School Maker Space program will use for creative construction. Please remove labels. Drop off in the Maker Space collection box in the main office, 9343 Sportsman Club Rd NE, Bainbridge Island. (On hold during Covid.)

Send to Matthew 25: Ministries.  Labels must be completely removed.

Amber pill bottles are not recyclable.*

  • Walgreens takes back pill bottles from its pharmacy customers. The bottles are sent to Shred-it, where they are shredded, then recycled.

Last updated 5/24/21

Pillows2020-07-16T17:51:15-07:00

Reuse:

Pillows (bed):

West Sound Wildlife Shelter, 7501 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island – Open 9am-3pm, 7 days a week. Pillows are used in cages. They are still practicing social distancing, so if you would like to stop by you can leave out front, or if you need to talk about it you can give them a call (206-855-9057) and they will meet you outside.
St. Vincent de Paul of Bremerton, 1117 N Callow Ave 98312 – Must be in good condition.

Pillows (throw): Gently used. Goodwill truck in Ace Hardware parking lot.

Some people make dog beds out of them. Try Facebook Buy Nothing or Free on the Rock or Nextdoor.

Recycling:

Watch for news on the Zero Waste of local textile recycling collections.

Last updated 7/16/20

Plant Pots2021-05-24T11:33:45-07:00

Reuse:

  • All types of plastic, ceramic and terra cotta pots and trays – Leave at 4615 New Sweden Av NE, Bainbridge Island, in the collection bin at the farm stand or right by the driveway gate.

At the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market, Saturday, 10am-2pm, April-October:

  • Persephone Farms takes 4″ square pots (plus rubber bands, 1-quart clean #5 clear or white plastic containers, paper grocery bags with or without handle, green molded or plastic berry baskets, and plastic bags that produce come in)
  • Butler Farms takes 1 & 2 gallon pots (and paper egg cartons)

Nurseries:

  • Bay Hay and Feed – 10-gallon or larger pots  and plant trays in reusable condition.  See manager before dropping off.
  • Bainbridge Gardens –  2-gallon or larger pots and plant trays in reusable condition.  See manager before dropping off.

Recycle:

Lowe’s – Suspended during Covid, but the public may come in and take pots that others still leave. All pots and trays – drop off in garden section.

Last updated 5/24/21

Plastic #6 Cups2020-05-31T00:39:08-07:00

Recycle:

Drop off any #6 polystyrene (PS) plastic cup (no Styrofoam cups) at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center in the collection bin right inside the door of the women’s locker room.  They will be recycled through a special program run by Terracycle.  You can also tell it is a #6 cup by squeezing it — it  tends to crack.

Plastic cups do not belong in curbside or transfer station recycling bins.

Last updated 5/31/20

Plastic Bags (and Other Plastic Film)2021-10-13T21:49:05-07:00
Keep your plastic bags and other plastic film out of the landfill and instead drop them at the grocery store to be made into plastic lumber!  Trex is the leading producer of alternative lumber and buys #2 & #4 plastic film nationwide as feedstock for their product.
You can drop off the following types of #2 and #4 film at either T&C or Safeway in their designated plastic collection container.
→ It must be clean, dry, empty and have no tape or labels on it. ←   No crinkly plastic.

What you can recycle:

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bread bags
  • Ice bags
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Garbage bags (CLEAN)
  • Newspaper/magazine sleeves
  • Pallet wrap
  • Case/Bulk item overwrap
  • Shipping air pillows (pop first) OR take to Zutto or UPS Store unpopped for their reuse
  • Bubble wrap (clean and no tape) OR take to Zutto or UPS Store for their reuse
  • Tyvek mailing envelopes (remove label)
  • Mailers made exclusively of bubble wrap, like Amazon’s (remove label)
  • Furniture & electronic wrap
  • Chicken feed bags (WITHOUT webbing)
  • Cereal & cracker box liner bags (these are chemically congruent with Trex processing)
  • Zip lock/Resealable bags (remove hard plastic zip)
  • Racing bibs (remove electronic chip, no safety pins)
  • Plus these two types of packing material:

                           
                      Not thicker than 1/4″                                                    Must have “4” inside recycling symbol

What NOT to recycle:

  • Any plastic film with food residue on it
  • *Saran wrap
  • **Frozen food bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Snack cheese wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • “Crinkly” plastic (eg, pre-washed salads bags)
  • Pet food bags
  • Six-pack rings
  • Degradable/Compostable bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Zippered bedding/comforter bags
  • Paper mailers with bubble wrap liner
  • Hard plastic
  • Potting soil and compost bags
  • Produce pre-packed #5 bags (have air holes)

* While Saran wrap is stretchy and film-like, it CANNOT be accepted.  Rather than one type of plastic, Saran wrap is a combination of plastics that makes it unacceptable for the recycling process.
** While frozen food bags look like regular resealable bags, these bags are not.  Apparently, frozen food bags are lined with a preservative that renders the plastic incompatible with the plastic film recycling process.

For a pdf approximating the above list, go here.

Watch what happens to your plastic film after you drop it off at the grocery store.

Read about Sakai Middle School winning the national Trex Recycling School Challenge.

Last updated 9/13/21

Plastic Containers2021-09-30T21:40:56-07:00

Rethink:

Single-use plastic litters our oceans and roadsides, kills creatures that ingest it, and is becoming more common in human bodies.
Use durable containers when possible.

Recycle:

A recycling symbol on a product does not necessarily mean it can be recycled in every community, if anywhere.
On Bainbridge and throughout Kitsap County, curbside service and transfer stations accept only the following types of plastic.
Recycle only if rinsed, clean and empty.

  • bottles – screw plastic top back on*
  • jugs – screw plastic top back on
  • jars – screw top back on only if it is also plastic
  • dairy tubs – lid goes to trash

* The plastic tops on spray bottles should be put in the trash. (They contain multiple materials.)

Clamshells are not recyclable.

Last updated 9/30/21

Plastic Utensils2020-05-28T20:54:04-07:00

Rethink:

Plastic utensils are used for minutes but take hundreds of years to decompose. They are trash, not recyclable. Keep a reusable set on hand instead.
At gatherings, use washable utensils. (The BI Zero Waste Tableware Lending Library has hundreds of pieces of silverware, among other tableware, that you may borrow free of charge.  See info here.)

Plumbing2020-05-31T11:11:42-07:00

Reuse:

The Habitat for Humanity Store of Kitsap County

  • Sinks
  • Bathtubs
  • New commodes
  • Complete faucet sets
  • PVC/metal/copper pipes in 4 foot lengths or more

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Recycle:

Scrap metal pipes can be put in the scrap metal container at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.

Last updated 5/31/20

Puzzles (Jigsaw)2020-05-31T21:13:55-07:00

Make sure they have all the pieces before donating.

Reuse:

Bainbridge Island Friends of the Public Library – Donations to Bainbridge FOL  support programs, services, physical expansion and operation of library facilities. They also provide funding for children’s programs, magazine subscriptions, support for the staff and other services as needed.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

Last updated 5/31/20

Rubber Bands2020-05-28T20:43:22-07:00

Reuse:

During growing season (April-September), these growers will take your rubber bands to hold their cut flowers together:

Andi Dillon O’Rourke – Drop off at 831 Eagle Cliff NE in the container in the driveway.

Rebecca Slattery – Drop off at the Persephone Farm booth at the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market, Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Last updated 5/27/20

Saw Blades2020-05-31T01:17:33-07:00

Reuse:

Bainbridge Island Lumber (Builders FirstSource) participates in Exchange-a-Blade. When you take back one of EaB’s saw blades, the store exchanges it for a new one at a fraction of the original price.  EaB will either remanufacture or recycle the blade.

Recycle:

If your saw of another brand type is too dull to be resharpened, you can put in the scrap metal dumpster at the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.

Last updated 5/31/20

Sharps2020-05-22T10:10:32-07:00

Sharps are needles, syringes, lancets, blood test strips, EpiPens, and intravenous tubing with needles attached (used or unused).

These cannot go in the garbage or recycling. Follow the safe disposal instructions below.

  • Put sharps into a laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, 2-liter soda bottle, or FDA-Cleared sharps container.
  • When container is ¾ full, secure lid or cap. Label container “SHARPS – BIOHAZARD.”
  • Take to Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station and tell the site attendant you have sharps before removing them from vehicle. Disposal is free.

Last updated 5/21/20

Sheets (Bed)2020-05-30T12:35:57-07:00

Reuse:

Must be in good condition, no holes, no stains. Used as backing for quilts by a quilter’s circle at Bethany Lutheran Church. They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refuge camps. Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

Shoes2020-05-22T23:28:19-07:00

Recycle:

Niketown – Bring up to 10 pairs of athletic shoes (no other types). They will be turned into sport courts.
Northface – Any brand/condition

Last updated 1/20/20

Sign Stakes2020-07-14T21:39:04-07:00

Reuse:

These H-shaped wire posts are used to hold plastic corrugated (Coroplast) signs. Drop these metal stands off at Herb Hethcote’s house, 1866 Commodore Lane. If they are bent, that’s okay — he straightens them! Herb will lend them back out for anyone’s use. Email [email protected] for his contact information.

Last updated 7/14/20

Sports Equipment2021-05-03T22:47:52-07:00

Reuse:

Email the coach of a club team to see if they offer usable equipment to their players.

Check back on our Zero Waste events page for the annual ski (and snowboard) equipment and ski clothing swap in November. You may consign or donate.

Recycle:

Go here for tennis ball recycling.

Last updated 5/3/21

Styrofoam Packaging2020-06-09T21:58:26-07:00
  1. Rethink:

There are many alternatives to using Styrofoam block packaging and peanuts, which take hundreds of years to degrade and easily become litter. If your product comes packaged in the stuff, write to the company to ask them to switch to packaging that is easily compostable (e.g., compostable peanuts, molded paper, mushroom packaging) or easily recyclable (e.g., cardboard, air pillows).

Recycle:

BI Zero Waste teams up with Bay Hay and Feed to hold weekend collection events twice a year, generally in January and July (moved to September this year). Check the events calendar for the dates of the next collection.  You are responsible for preparing your Styro before bringing (clean, dry, no tape or stickers). See this page for what is acceptable and what isn’t.

Kitsap Solid Waste holds a Saturday collection twice a year, generally in July (canceled this year) and December.

Styro Recycle in Kent, WA, accepts material from the public free of charge. Go here and here to see, respectively, what they accept and what they do not.

Last updated 5/28/20

Tablecloths2020-05-31T10:54:15-07:00

Reuse:

Consider donating gently used (no stains) solid-colored tablecloths to the Zero Waste Tableware Lending Library. Email us at [email protected] .

Bethany Lutheran Church’s quilters’ circle can use them as backing to quilts.  They must be in good condition: no holes or no stains. They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refugee camps. Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573.

Last updated 5/31/20

Tennis balls2021-09-10T00:08:38-07:00

Recycle:

The Bainbridge Island Recreation Center 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.

Last updated 9/10/21

Textiles2021-04-19T13:29:22-07:00

Reuse:

Fabric:  At least 8″ x 8″ size or anything larger.  Used by a quilters’ circle at Bethany Lutheran Church.  They donate approximately 150 quilts per year to disaster areas and refugee camps.  Contact Carol Fenner, 842-1573.

Knitted items made of natural fiber, such as cotton, wool or alpaca – Andi Dillon O’Rourke takes apart moth-eaten natural fiber knitted sweaters and other knitted items from natural fiber and reuses to make new items.
To donate, drop off in the large, blue plastic bin by the recycling at the base of the driveway. Her house is at 831 Eagle Cliff Rd NE, but the driveway is actually just south of Eagle Cliff on Ferncliff Ave.

Northwest Center dropbox – Eagle Harbor Church parking lot, Via Rosa parking lot

They take all sorts of textiles, including

  • Clothing (all ages, styles, and condition – not wet or mildewed)   See Clothing section for more info.
  • Linens (bedding, towels, pillows)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Shoes and boots
  • Accessories (purses, belts)
  • Outerwear (coats, hats, scarves)
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed animals

Goodwill – A Goodwill donation truck is located in the Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware parking lot, 635 NE High School Rd. Drop off only when they are open, which is almost 365 days a year. Hours are, 8:30am-5pm, but it is not uncommon for them to close up early due to a full truck. Do not leave items next to the truck.

Check here for Goodwill’s donation guidelines. Items should be in usable condition and keep in mind, the Bainbridge truck takes items no larger than an end table. (The Silverdale and Bremerton locations can take bigger items.)

Last updated 8/7/20

Tires2020-06-06T09:39:59-07:00

Many tire shops recycle tires for a fee.

You may also take to Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station for a $15/tire dump fee.

Last updated 6/6/20

Toiletries (Travel-sized)2020-05-29T11:34:46-07:00

Reuse:

Take unopened, travel-sized toiletries to Helpline House during modified donation hours, 9-11am.

Last updated 5/28/20

Toothbrushes and Oral Care2020-06-09T22:00:09-07:00

Recycle:

The Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center has a collection bin right inside the women’s locker room for the following oral care products:

  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Toothbrushes and outer packaging
  • Floss containers

Not accepted: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts

A Zero Waste member sends them to Terracycle.

Last updated 5/29/20

TVs2020-05-24T14:27:00-07:00

Recycle:

  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Televisions
  • Video streaming devices (Apple TV®, Roku Player, etc.)

Take to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station and put in designated container.

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/24/20

Video Game Equipment2020-05-24T14:05:11-07:00

Reuse:

GameStop, 3299 NW Randall Way, Silverdale, offers trade-ins on “retro” games, consoles, and accessories.

Recycle:

Place in designated box at Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station.

Staples, 2850 Bucklin Hill NW, Silverdale

Last updated 5/24/20

Videotapes and Audio Cassettes2020-06-09T22:01:18-07:00

Recycle:

Greendisk – Mail in VHS, audio cassette tapes, DAT, DLT, Beta, and Digibeta

Last updated 5/26/20

Windows2020-05-31T11:00:36-07:00

Reuse:

Habitat for Humanity. No rot, cracked or fogged glass, or shutters. No wood framed windows, aluminum framed windows or windows larger than 3’x5′.

The Habitat for Humanity Store, 3451 Wheaton Way, Bremerton
They provide donation pick-up services to all of Kitsap County free of charge. You may also drop off your donation at the store during open hours. Store staff and volunteers will help unload your donation.
Donations are taken at the discretion of the warehouse staff or drivers, they are most familiar with what sells and how much is in stock.
Habitat Store may not accept items that are damaged, broken, missing parts, rusted, rotting, or splintered.

Wine Corks2020-05-31T01:08:03-07:00

Reuse:

Scrappy Art Lab

Recycle:

Eleven Winery Tasting Room, 287 Winslow Way East, accepts natural corks only. They are recycled through ReCORK.

Last updated 5/31/20

Wood2020-05-30T10:38:29-07:00

Reuse:

Pallets – They are popular on give-away sites. You can also see if Bay Hay and Feed or Bainbridge Gardens will take a few to reuse.

Recycle:

Take to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. There is a charge.

Do not recycle painted, stained or pre-treated wood. Small nails are okay.

Last updated 5/30/20

Yard Waste2021-04-19T10:18:05-07:00

Compost:

Subscribe with Bainbridge Disposal for bi-weekly pick-up.

Take to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station or Tilz.

Accepted by Bainbridge Disposal:

  • Food waste (any type)
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds *
  • Prunings
  • Branches under 4′ long and 4″ diameter
  • Wood (goes in separate dumpster) – no painted, stained or pressure-treated; small nails okay

Accepted by Tilz: 

  • Stumps
  • Branches – any size
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds *
  • Prunings
  • Wood – no painted, stained or pressure-treated; small nails okay

Not accepted by Tilz: Food waste

NOT accepted by either place:

  • Sod
  • Dirt
  • Gravel
  • Landscape fabric or plastic
  • Manure

* Some invasive species such as tansy ragwort and poison hemlock are too poisonous to compost and/or dangerous to compost. Others such as Japanese knotweed or morning glory/bindweed are able to easily spread via root or stem fragment and can completely contaminate any compost they are put in. Anyone who uses the contaminated compost will get the invasive species. Please landfill these species.

Last updated 4/19/21

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