Compost being collected at W.T. and Chilmark

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The West Tisbury and Chilmark local dropoffs (LDO) are now accepting food waste. For $2, residents can dump up to a 5-gallon bucket-size container. Acceptable items include fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, pasta, bread, dairy, meat, seafood, coffee, filters, tea bags, napkins, and paper towels.

This is part of a larger commitment by the Martha’s Vineyard Refuse Disposal and Resource Recovery District to divert food waste from the municipal solid waste stream. Island Grown Initiative will pick up the food waste from the Chilmark and West Tisbury sites and compost it on local farms.

The Island-Wide Organics Feasibility Study, released in June, estimates that 6,500 tons of food waste are produced on the Island each year; 4,800 tons of that total is from residences. Sending food scraps to a local compost pile instead of an off-Island landfill saves fossil fuels used in transportation, reduces methane being released into the atmosphere, and enriches our local food system by producing nutrient-rich compost.

The Chilmark LDO is open Sundays: 1 to 4 pm (winter), and Wednesdays: 8 am to 4 pm.

The West Tisbury LDO is open Sundays: 8 am to 12 pm, Tuesdays: 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays: 8 am to 4pm.

For questions, call Don Hatch at Martha’s Vineyard Refuse Disposal, 508-627-4501, or Sophie Abrams at Island Grown Initiative, 508-687-9062.