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 below.
- Erase the Waste Business Pledge
- January 2022 - New Rules for Single-Use Food Service Items
- January 2023 - New Rules for Reducing Plastic Waste in Food Service and Lodging Businesses
Bainbridge Island is working to reduce single-use plastics to protect our marine environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Starting in 2023, retail food and lodging establishments will have new requirements to reduce plastic waste associated with onsite dining, to-go food orders, and packaging for personal care products.
Food and lodging establishments can get a jump-start on the new requirements outlined in Ordinance No. 2021-34 and receive recognition as a Climate Smart Bainbridge business leader by pledging to reduce their use of single-use plastics now, before the new requirements go into effect. Businesses can pledge to implement one or more actions and can get credit for actions they’re already doing or pledge to start doing this year.
By voluntarily taking action now, businesses will receive free social media promotion, newspaper advertisements, and a PVC-free window cling to showcase their leadership as a Climate Smart Bainbridge business.
Food Retail & Lodging Businesses that have Pledged to Erase the Waste
- The Island School
- Town & Country Market
Other Community Businesses that have Pledged to Erase the Waste
Look for this decal designating Climate Smart Bainbridge businesses that are working to erase the waste!
Customer Pledge to Erase the Waste
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.
If you have questions about the pledge, please contact Hannah Ljunggren, Climate Action Outreach Coordinator for the City.
On November 9, 2021, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-34 to reduce plastic waste from food service and lodging businesses. The new ordinance:
- prohibits disposable plastic food service ware
- requires reusable food service ware for on-site dining
- requires that disposable food service ware be “home compostable”
- prohibits the use of expanded polystyrene-based food service ware (all plastics #6 and Styrofoam) for prepared food
- requires a 25-cent fee for disposable cups
- encourages the use of refillable dispensers for personal care products in lodging establishments
- prohibits the distribution of single-use personal care products not packaged in “home compostable packaging”
These changes are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2023. The City will focus on education and outreach efforts in 2022, developing resources to support the business community in implementing the new requirements. The City will also review opportunities to provide financial assistance to local businesses affected by the ordinance to assist with the initial costs of compliance.
If you have questions about the new regulations, please send an email to City staff.