Island Food Rescue (IFR) is a pilot project that aims to provide solutions to utilize wasted food in ways that enrich the Island community and local food system.

In 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection passed a Commercial Organics Waste Ban, making it illegal for businesses disposing of 1 ton or more of organic waste per week to dispose of it in the trash, landfill or incinerator. Started under the Island-Wide Organics Feasibility Study funded by the MV Vision Fellowship, IFR is helping provide a solution for businesses to divert organic waste from the trash.

Read the full report from the Island-Wide Organics Feasibility Study here.

Is your business subject to the waste ban law? Click here to find out!

Since it began in 2016, IFR collected:

511,000 pounds

of food scraps from Island restaurants that otherwise would’ve ended up in the trash


255 tons!

In partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group, IFR has collected food scraps and shells from restaurants in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown and brought them to Morning Glory Farm to be composted. This fall operations were expanded to Vineyard Haven, and a second farm joined to receive food scraps to make compost. In January 2017, the project moved to IGI. Expansion of the project is planned for this year.

Here's what Dana Rezendes at the Square Rigger Restaurant, has to say about the program:

"The program worked smoothly into our busy operation. It saved us money as we didn't have to empty our dumpster as frequently. Our staff was proud they were helping to use the food waste in a productive way. We will not miss the lovely odor food waste could brew in a hot minute when tossed in the dumpster. Thanks to all who put together and executed the program. We plan to continue composting!"

Support the following restaurants and businesses that are diverting food scraps from the trash:

  • Park Corner Bistro
  • Sharky's Cantina (Edgartown)
  • Wolf's Den Pizzeria (both locations)
  • Not Your Sugar Mamas
  • Art Cliff Diner
  • Isola Restaurant
  • Atria Restaurant
  • Behind the Bookstore
  • Square Rigger Restaurant
  • Right Fork Diner
  • Linda Jeans Restaurant
  • V. Jaime Hamlin & Sons Catering
  • L'etoile Restaurant
  • Seasmoke BBQ
  • Martha's Vineyard Refuse District (residential dropoff)
  • West Tisbury & Chilmark Local Drop Off's (residential dropoff)
  • Little House Cafe
  • MV Chowder Company
  • Copper Wok Restaurant
  • Rosewater Market
  • Port Hunter Restaurant
  • 7a Foods
  • Harbor View Hotel
  • Camp Jabberwocky
  • Island Public Schools