City News Bytes: 2024 List of Compostable Products, Climate Challenge, King Tides and More

Council Adopts 2024 Home Compostable Product List

If you’re like me, you probably find it a bit challenging to figure out what’s a compostable item you just purchased at a local coffee shop or restaurant from one that’s not. It can be a bit mind-blowing. The City of Bainbridge Island is continuing to try and make it possible for local businesses and residents to compost. It’s not an easy exercise.

The most recent effort goes back to September 12th of this year, when the City Council adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 8.24 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code’s Disposable Food Service Ware and Waste Reduction rules, to reflect challenges with implementation per feedback from the local business community and City staff.

That ordinance included a key change from requiring that all disposable food service ware products be home compostable to a new process that establishes a limited list of products required in a home compostable disposable form. A 2024 Home Compostable Disposable Food Service Ware Product List, shown in the graphic below, was adopted by City Council on November 28th.

December 13, 2023 - CNB - COBI 2024 Home Compostable Food Service Ware ListAs of January 1, 2024, all food retail businesses on the island are required to provide these 16 products in a home compostable form when providing disposable food service ware for to-go orders. Reusable food service ware is still required for onsite dining.

City staff is currently working to update online materials and provide resources to local retail food establishments to communicate these changes and provide information on where to find compliant products. More information will be posted in the coming weeks at www.bainbridgewa.gov/ZeroWaste.

Climate Smart Challenge Tips

From the City of Bainbridge Island: When shopping for food or gifts this holiday season, remember your reusable bags, and skip the packaging when you can! Approximately 40% of all the plastic produced each year is made for just one purpose: single-use packaging. All those plastic containers, shrink wrap, bubble wrap and other single use plastics can really add up. Choosing products with less packaging, buying in bulk, and using reusable containers can go a long way in reducing plastic waste.

Waiting in line for the ferry this winter? Be sure to dress warm and bring an extra blanket, gloves and/or warm beverage to help you stay toasty without idling. If you have a gas vehicle, idling (running the engine while the car is not moving) wastes gas and produces a significant amount of climate and air pollution. Check out more tips to save money and reduce fuel use in the Climate Smart Challenge.December 13, 2023 - CNB - Glove and coffee image courtesy of COBI

Be Prepared for King Tides This Winter

During the winter months, the combination of abnormally high tides, heavy rain, and the gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon can cause a phenomenon known as King Tides.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts possible higher ‘King Tide’ levels on certain days in Kitsap County, between November and February. Kitsap County and the Department of Emergency Management urge residents to prepare for potential flooding.

The NOAA predicts possible flooding from ‘King Tides’:

  • December 13 through December 19
  • December 26 through December 30
  • January 11 through January 18
  • January 24

December 13, 2023 - CNB - king tide image courtesy of COBIResidents can find actionable preparation tips on the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management website, kcowa.us/flooding. Information and resources for what to do during a flooding incident and what to do after the flood water subsides can also be found. Learn more about King Tides at the Washington King Tide Program webpage.

Request for Proposals – Public Art Planning

The City is seeking a consultant (individual or firm) to lead the community planning process to update the overall vision and plan for public art in the community of Bainbridge Island. ‘Art’ in the context of this plan includes visual, literary and performing arts. The community art plan will update the 2003 approved art plan, reflecting the current community and City goals for arts on Bainbridge Island.

The RFP information is available now on the City’s website (click here). Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2023.

Call for Participation in Civil Service Commission

The City is seeking applicants to serve on the Civil Service Commission. The Civil Service Commission is charged with ensuring that hiring examination processes for the Police Department are open and competitive at entry and promotional levels. The Commission adopts rules and regulations for the Police Department’s Civil Service employees and handles any appeals related to testing or involving employee discipline.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and are appointed by the City Manager. There are three open positions beginning Jan. 1, 2024. Interested residents should complete the application form, available here. The deadline for applications was Dec. 4, but if you are interested, contact HR Analyst, Brenda Landolt: 206-780-8607 for more information. These positions aren’t always immediately filled, especially this time of year.

Chamber In Action: New Crosswalk Added To Winslow Way

December 13, 2023 - CNB - new crosswalk on Winslow WayOn behalf of its members, the Chamber has been delighted to work with City Manager Blair King and City Staff over the past few months to create this additional way to cross the road in the middle of what was previously the longest stretch of Winslow without a crosswalk.

The project improves pedestrian access to the businesses at the Ravine and Island Gateway, flow on Winslow Way, and calms traffic coming off 305, creating more gaps for vehicles turning left from Ericksen Avenue onto Winslow Way. To learn more about the Chamber’s Winslow Way Crosswalk Project, click here.

Source Material: City of Bainbridge Island, Chamber of Commerce and our own reporting.

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