November 4, 2019
Ski Swap: Reuse + Support Youth
The Bainbridge High School sailing team's annual "ski swap" fundraiser takes place on Saturday, November 9, 10am-2pm, at the Masonic Lodge, on the corner of Grow and High School Road.

Donate beforehand or consign your snow or ski clothing, equipment, car racks, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Bainbridge Island Physical Therapy, 563 Madison Av N, Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm through November 8. For more details and contact info, go here.
October Meeting Minutes
Zero Waste held its final 2019 regular meeting in October. Our special guest was Tony D'Onofrio, sustainability director for T&C Markets. You can read the minutes here.

The first meeting of 2020, where we lay out the coming year's goals, is Wednesday, January 8, 7-8:30pm, at the Marge Williams
Center, 221 Winslow Way West.
Another Reuse Opportunity
Dale Spoor is one of many volunteers with the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association, or BOSIA. Over the years he has set up various programs for the Ometepe special needs community in Nicaragua.

One recent project has been gifting used iPhones on which Dale has installed a special app for blind people: it reads out loud the text of photographed pages. Dale tells the story of one Ometepino who graduated law school with the use of this app.

If you have an iPhoneSE, iPhone 5, or any later model (iPhone 6, 7, 8, etc.) that you can spare, please contact Dale.
More Youth + Reuse
Looking to get rid of your leftover Halloween candy? Bainbridge Youth Services would love it. 

They give away candy to students who stop by, and they're are always looking for more. Candy must be individually wrapped. 

Drop it off any time Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, at 8533 Madison Avenue N (across from the Aquatic Center).
Sweeping National Packaging Legislation
The Solid Waste Disposal Act was enacted by Congress in 1965. Two U.S. senators are currently proposing multiple changes to reduce and recover the massive amount of plastic that is produced and that ends up loose in our environment.

The legislation includes a nationwide beverage container deposit, bans on certain single-use plastics, and extended producer responsibility for packaging materials.

A summary of the proposals is here. On the same page, there are also directions for submitting comments on the discussion draft through November 21, 2019.
Local Lightstring Recycling
Bainbridge Ace Hardware is once again accepting string lights for recycling now through January 20, 2020.

Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than throughout the rest of year. Reuse or donate what is still working, but when all else fails, recycle what is allowed.

The Zero Waste Landfill Less - Holiday Edition can help you figure out what to do with all the extras generated this time of year.
One More Reuse Opportunity
There has been a flurry of use lately of the Zero Waste Tableware Lending Library. It's great to see events, both nonprofit and private, choosing washables over disposables. It's also made for some tricky maneuvering for a quick dishware turnaround.

Because of these occasional short time frames, the loss of a loaner box of glasses, and the desire to add bowls as a new category, Zero Waste is asking our readers for any of the following secondhand items:

  • 12 oz. lidless Mason jars (they serve as drinking glasses) or 8 oz. IKEA Godis glasses
  • Corelle bowls (cereal size), any pattern
  • Corelle dessert or dinner plates, any pattern

If you have any to donate, please place in the tub outside the Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way West, or contact us here. Thank you!
Remember to save your Styrofoam for the
Styro and CD recycling collection at Bay Hay and Feed on January 11 & 12.

 (Or go early on December 28 to Kitsap's-details here .)

Newsletter editor: Diane Landry, BI Zero Waste (Volunteer) Director
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