We’re not talking here about regifting the set of Santa butter knives that you received last year from Aunt Lenore. Instead, BI Zero Waste has recommendations for what to do with a host of items you can no longer use, including your used wrapping paper and ribbons, the things that are replaced by new gifts, the food left over from your holiday meals, and even that needle-dropping tree. The list is so comprehensive, you’ll find that you’ll only need to throw out a very small amount this season, which will save you money and is a good holiday gift for the planet.
But, as far as the butter knives go, BI Zero Waste encourages you to use Freecycle or Buy Nothing Bainbridge. That’s good advice to follow when it comes to anything still in good enough condition for reuse, which is preferable to recycling it.
Here’s the list:
Batteries, all types: Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
Bubble wrap (clear, not colored; no tape): Contact email@example.com.
Cooking oil (no food particles): Olympic View Transfer Station (Bremerton)
- TVs, computer monitors and CPUs, laptops, tablets: Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
- Cell phones and small items (calculators, camcorders, iPods, MP3 players, printer cartridges, videogames, accessories): Island Center Hall (Girl Scout Troop 41241 fundraiser)
Food scraps, all: Compost in your own composter, at the curbside yard waste bin, or in the Bainbridge Disposal transfer station yard waste bin (small fee)
Light strings (nonworking): ACE Hardware
- Cardboard boxes (flatten): Curbside recycling or cardboard Dumpster at Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
- Compostable “peanuts”: Add water and watch disintegrate
- Plastic bags (clean and dry, kind that stretch when pushed with thumb): Safeway and Town & Country Market
- Styrofoam blocks (clean, remove tape and stickers): Bay Hay and Feed on January 11-12
- Styrofoam “peanuts” (no compostable peanuts): UPS Store
- Envelopes, all: Curbside recycling or comingled recycling at Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
- Gift bags (remove nonpaper handles and nonpaper decorations): Curbside recycling or comingled recycling at Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
- Holiday cards (remove nonpaper material): Curbside recycling or comingled recycling at Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
- Tissue paper: Compost at home, in the curbside yard waste bin, or in Bainbridge Disposal transfer station yard waste (small fee)
- Wrapping paper (no foil type, remove nonpaper decorations): Curbside recycling or comingled recycling at Bainbridge Disposal transfer station
Trees: Boy Scout Troop 1564 picks up curbside on January 11. Trees are chipped and used on Bainbridge. You must make a reservation for pick-up. Go here.
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Photo by Taber Andrew Bain.