Reduce waste

Solid waste generation was responsible for approximately 4% of 2018 community GHG emissions. Materials that go into a landfill are wasted resources. Solid waste (garbage) often needs to be shipped long distances, creating air pollution and contributing to GHG emissions from transportation. Waste in landfills also releases pollution from methane gases and can pollute our water. 

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy for both manufacturing and transport. Remember to follow the three R’s, listed in order of effectiveness: Reduce the amount of waste you create, Reuse items whenever possible, and Recycle (or compost!) properly. 

  1. Pledge to Reduce Plastic Waste

You can help support local businesses and reduce waste! 

Bainbridge Island businesses are pledging to help “Erase the Waste” by getting a jump-start on new regulations coming in 2023 to reduce single-use plastic waste. Starting in 2023, retail food and lodging establishments will have new requirements to reduce single-use plastic waste associated with onsite dining, to-go food orders, and packaging for personal care products, as outlined in Ordinance No. 2021-34.  

As a customer, you can do your part by pledging to Erase the Waste and supporting local businesses that have taken the pledge to reduce their use of single-use plastics before the new regulations go into effect

Take the Pledge to Erase the Waste

Learn which Bainbridge Island businesses have pledged to Erase the Waste!


Look for this decal designating Climate Smart Bainbridge businesses that are working to erase the waste!  

Window Decal artwork for Erase the Waste Pledge

Explore more ways to reduce plastic waste and fight climate change by joining the Bainbridge Island Climate Smart Challenge

If you have questions about the pledge, please contact

  1. Reduce Food Waste & Compost More
  1. Reduce Junk Mail