2023 Waste Reduction Resources

City Council adopted new regulations to reduce single-use plastic waste, effective January 1, 2023. These regulations are intended to reduce waste in our environment and litter in the ocean, protect public health, and reduce our dependence on plastic. For detailed information, please review Chapter 8.24 (Disposable Food Service Ware and Waste Reduction) of the Municipal Code. 

Want to get a head start?

Take the Erase the Waste pledge to meet key waste reduction requirements and receive free social media promotion, newspaper advertisements, and a PVC-free window cling to showcase your leadership as a Climate Smart Bainbridge business. View the current list of Climate Smart Bainbridge Businesses that have pledged to erase the waste.  

Meet with vendors and learn about compliant products

Local businesses and residents are encouraged to come to City Hall on December 12th to meet with vendors, talk to City staff, and learn more about products that meet the new waste reduction requirements.

  • When: Monday December 12th, from 1-3 PM
  • Where: Council Chambers at City Hall (located at 280 Madison Ave N.)
  • Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/399QMM3. *Registrations for the event are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!*
  1. Resources for Food Service Establishments

Check out the resources below to help your retail food service establishment comply with the 2023 waste reduction regulations in the City of Bainbridge Island. 

Purchasing Guide for Retail Food Establishments

View example, compliant options for disposable, home compostable food service ware, reusable options, and available discounts for local businesses. This guide also includes a list of temporarily exempted products (i.e., those products for which there are not currently at least two readily available home compostable alternatives). 

Purchasing Guide (Excel file will automatically download)

Please note: 

  • This guide has multiple tabs located at the bottom of the Excel file. 
  • This guide does not provide an exhaustive list of all compliant product options. It provides a sample of compliant product options currently available in the market. 

Requesting a Waiver for Onsite, Reusable Food Service Ware Requirements

Businesses without onsite or off-site dishwashing capacity may petition the City for a full or partial one-year waiver. The business must demonstrate an inability to comply due to insurmountable space constraints, undue financial hardship, and/or other extraordinary circumstances. Waivers may be granted for a partial or full one year term. Granting of a waiver is at the sole discretion of the City Manager or their designee and is not subject to appeal.

Onsite Dining- Waiver Request Form (PDF - English); Please visit City Hall if you prefer a physical copy

Requesting a Temporary Exemption for Home Compostable Food Service Ware Products

Businesses may request a temporary waiver for any product that does not have at least two vendors that make readily available home compostable alternatives. Granting of a temporary exemption is at the sole discretion of the City Manager or their designee and is not subject to appeal. Please note: Any replacement for an item that is temporarily exempt MUST be certified to be compostable in an industrial composting facility in a timely manner (i.e., look for BPI/CMA certification) and/or eligible to be accepted for recycling by your establishment's recycling and/or compost collection service. Polystyrene is still banned if an item is temporarily exempt.

Temporary Exemption for Home Compostable Products (Online form)

Temporary Exemption for Home Compostable Products  (PDF - English); Please visit City Hall if you prefer a physical copy 

Contact Hannah Ljunggren at hljunggren@bainbridgewa.gov or 206-780-8594 with questions or for more information.

  1. Resources for lodging establishments
  1. Resources for Customers
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