Oak Bluffs is pursuing $2 million in grant funding to start a food composting service at the town’s transfer station.

The select board voted Tuesday to submit a proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday for a composting facility that could process as much as 2,080 tons of food waste a year, cutting down on the amount of scraps that get shipped off Island.


Every year, 40 per cent of the food grown in this country is never eaten. The waste happens in farm fields, during processing and transportation, in grocery stores, restaurants, and in our homes.

Problems at the capped landfill will be repaired soon, town officials said this week after it came to light that runoff has been coming onto the new Vineyard House campus nearby.


No More Picking: Vineyard's Last Landfill Closes; Some Mourn It

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The days of dump picking, finding a treasure in another man's
trash, drew to a close on the Island this week.


On any summer day a few years ago, a light breeze
could carry a thick stench miles from the peak of the overgrown Madaket
landfill. Today, to a viewer atop the grassy mound three stories high,
only a few pieces of lingering debris around the perimeter recall the
22-acre landfill so noxious that the state forced its capping in 1999.