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Sophie Abrams (left) led study of Island food waste as a Martha's Vineyard Vision fellow.

Yearlong Food Waste Study of Martha’s Vineyard is Nearly Complete

The study was funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship and explored strategies like centralized, in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion.

A yearlong food waste study of Martha's Vineyard, a Massachusetts island, is coming to an end and a final report of the study is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The study, which began last March, was funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship and explored strategies like centralized, in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion. Additionally, the study focused on commercial food waste management, sparking the idea for a commercial composting pilot program that will continue through the end of this year.

A draft summary of the report reveals that approximately 121 local restaurants and five local grocery stores produce about 1,746 tons of food waste each year. The report also shares that Martha’s Vineyard ships between 10,000 and 12,000 tons of waste off the island every year, nearly half of which is food waste.

Vineyard Gazette has more information:

Central composting facilities and a variety of community initiatives are among the final recommendations of an Islandwide food waste study that wraps up this month.

Sophie Abrams of West Tisbury, who has led the study, said she plans to issue a final report in the coming weeks. A public information session is planned for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oak Bluffs Library, with a second session at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the West Tisbury Library.

Read the full story here.

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