Zero Waste

Our community has a long history of working to reduce waste. In 1989, the City prohibited retail food establishments from using non-biodegradable packaging (Styrofoam), followed by the Single Use Carry Out Bag Ordinance in 2012 (Ordinance 2012-06, commonly known as the "plastic bag ban"). In January 2020, the charge for a retailer’s paper bags increased from five cents to eight cents to be consistent with the charge in the rest of Kitsap County as authorized by Ordinance 2019-30.

In June 2021, the Council passed Ordinance 2021-18, which only allows single-use food service products to be provided when a customer asks or confirms they would like to use them. In November 2021, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-34 to reduce plastic waste from food service and lodging businesses.

Learn more about new waste reduction regulations for Bainbridge Island businesses and businesses taking the lead on these efforts below. Access resources and educational materials to implement the 2023 waste reduction regulations using the 2023 Waste Reduction Resources link. 

  1. Monthly business outreach: COBI Chats on waste regulations

Does your business have questions about products and requirements associated with the new waste reduction regulations on Bainbridge Island? Have a success story or challenge you want to make sure the City is aware of?  

The City is offering monthly “COBI Chats on Waste Regulations” to connect with local businesses impacted by the 2023 waste reduction regulations. Local food and lodging businesses can talk with City staff in an informal setting to address questions or concerns associated with implementation of the new waste reduction regulations. Snacks will be provided.   

When: Tuesday, February 21st, from 3-4 pm

Where: Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, 147 Madrone Ln N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 

Future "COBI Chats" dates will be posted on this page as well. 

  1. January 2023 - New Rules for Reducing Plastic Waste in Food Service and Lodging Businesses
  1. Businesses taking the lead on waste reduction
  1. 2023 Updates to 2022 Rules for Single-Use Food Service Items


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