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MV Times has recognized Martha’s Vineyard for their efforts to reduce wasted food. The Island Wide Organics Feasibility Study, funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship (MVVF), investigated the amount of wasted food on the island and strategies to minimize that waste. RecyclingWorks provided input for the study and assisted with the implementation of the pilot Composting on the Coast program.

RecyclingWorks met with Sophie Abrams, MVVF Composting Program Coordinator, and other interested parties on the Island. The pilot consists of collecting organics from six restaurants and delivering it to Morning Glory Farm for composting. So far the pilot program has collected over 4,600 pounds of wasted food.

Morning Glory Farm uses a windrow composting system to compost the organics collected from restaurants with their own farm waste. With a goal of eventually expanding to collect organics from 150 locations, the fellowship is researching options for scaling up the program. RecyclingWorks is providing compost site technical assistance to support the development of food waste composting infrastructure on Martha’s Vineyard.

Island Grown Gleaning is also a leading food-recovery program on the Island. The gleaning project recovers otherwise wasted food on the Islands’ farms, including Morning Glory Farm, and distributes the recovered food across the Island.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts assists businesses and institutions with recycling and food waste reduction through composting and food donation. To speak to a recycling expert, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at