Recyclable (R) Waste is collected, sorted, baled, and shipped off-island to commodity markets for revenue. This includes Shipping Boxes, Plastics, and Tin/Aluminum. Glass is crushed and mixed with soil aggregate and then reused onsite for landfill roadway maintenance. The glass collection container is now located by the other recycling streams at the Recycling Drop-Off Center (also known as the "MRF").
Compostable (C) Waste is collected and sent through our large industrial composter. This process turns your food scraps and other compostable waste into nutrient rich soil. Any non-compostable materials that contaminate this stream are screened off, baled, and landfilled on-island. As an island, Nantucket has a finite amount of land, and therefore very limited landfill space. The newly constructed lined landfill cell (3A) became operational in January 2019 and has a forecasted life-expectancy of approximately 10 years based on the island’s current waste production and contaminated compostable stream rates. Effectively if our compostable stream was 100% clean and free of non-compostable waste, nothing would need to be landfilled on Nantucket.
Nantucket’s Public Works and Health Departments and our partners at Waste Options Nantucket (WON), as well as our island’s Waste Haulers, are working together to continually assess and improve our solid waste and recycling operations to divert non-compostable waste from our industrial composter with the goal of zero waste to our landfill. Construction of new lined landfill space is extremely expensive on Nantucket so developing programs to reduce, reuse, recycle, and divert non-compostable waste off-island is cost-effective.
The remaining items in your waste stream that are neither recyclable nor compostable are deposited as Non-Recyclable/Non-Compostable (NR/NC) Waste (formerly known as Bulky Waste). This includes plastic bags, shrink wrap, and other film plastics; Styrofoam; protein bar and candy wrappers; chip bags; straws and plastic cutlery; cleaning wipes; and all items made from a mix of materials including milk cartons, diapers, and Keurig cups.
Thank you for helping our island and the planet!
Still have questions? Contact DPW at (508) 228-7244 or email DPW@nantucket-ma.gov
Department of Public Works Public Information Session – Winter 2019
Tonight, Thursday February 21st, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the 4 Fairgrounds Road PSF Community Room, the Department of Public Works will hold a public information session on Stormwater Bylaws/Regulations.
Update from Energy Office: Heating with electric baseboards?
Upgrade now with new, generous rebates from Mass Save!
Nearly a quarter of all homes on Nantucket are heated by inefficient, electric baseboards. While many of these homes are seasonal, the high cost of heating with electric baseboards leaves many year-round residents stuck with electric bills in the thousands of dollars every heating season.
There’s a better way to heat with electricity: “minisplit heat pumps can help you cut your heating bill by 50-60%! Heat pumps can also improve your year-round home comfort by providing quiet air conditioning, dehumidification, and greater control over the temperature of different rooms.
“Cold Climate” mini-splits are a great energy saving solution for anyone in Massachusetts, but even more so on Nantucket where residents pay more than then rest of the state on electricity, propane, and oil. Because of how much energy heat pumps save, Mass Save is now offering more substantial rebates for heat pumps, especially for homes switching from electric baseboard heating to more efficient mini-split heat pumps.
If you heat your home year-round with electric baseboards, Mass Save is currently offering a special rebate of $1,000 per ton of capacity (anywhere from $1,000-$5,000+, depending on the size of your home and heat pump system).
News from Our Island Home
Employee of the Month: Susan Rezendes
Susan joined the OIH team in January 2018, as the Executive Assistant to the DON. She has a great rapport with many of the residents and always lends a helping hand.
Volunteer of the Month: Susan Richards
Susan is a teacher with the Nantucket Community School, and each week she facilitates an early childhood playgroup at OIH. Parents bring their babies to participate in the group and interact with residents- Susan is so fantastic with both our residents and Nantucket’s children!
Our Island Home Upcoming Events (open to the public)
Family Council: the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20th at 10am.
Early Childhood Playgroup: this favorite group will resume Monday mornings at 10:30 am starting on March 4th.
Boys and Girls Club: all are welcome to join us at 3pm on March 6th in the OIH living room for some fun and games with the kids of our local BGC!
Author Talk: Denise Kronau, author of The World is Decorated with Stars, will visit Our Island Home to discuss her work and life as a writer at 4pm on March 7th.
Kids Comedy Show: join Our Island Home residents for a good laugh on March 27th at 4 pm.
Upcoming Live Musical Talent:
Paul Connors: tonight Paul will play the oldies but goodies for us. Come join us!
Mollie Glazer: Classical music on March 4th and 11th.
Susan Berman: returns with her amazing musical partner, Ray, on February 28th and March 21st.
Steve Tornovish: brings the laughs and tunes on 13th.
Jim Sulzer: Jim will play classical guitar on March 14th and March 28th.