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.
There's No Time to Waste, read our full community report about the need for a 50% reduction in food waste on Martha's Vineyard by 2030.
In 2015, a group of concerned islanders, with support and funding from the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship, convened the Island-Wide Food Waste Committee to identify an island-wide solution to the newly issued Massachusetts Commercial Organics Ban. Following the recommendations of that committee, in 2016, a food waste pick-up and composting pilot was launched, resulting in 17 tons of food waste recycled into compost. In 2017 that program moved to Island Grown Initiative. In 2019, an in-vessel composter and a food waste collection truck were acquired, and 360 tons of food waste are expected to be processed in 2019.
Read the full report from the Island-Wide Organics Feasibility Study here.
Three Ways You Can Recycle Your Food Waste
Since it began in 2016, IFR collected:
of food scraps from Island restaurants that otherwise would’ve ended up in the trash
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:
- ArtCliff Diner
- Beach Road
- Behind The Bookstore
- Black Sheep
- Camp Jabberwocky
- Chilmark Tavern
- Chowder Company
- Coop De Ville
- Copper Wok
- The Covington Restaurant
- Cronig's (Down-Island Location)
- Harbor View Hotel & Restaurants
- V. Jamie Hamlin & Sons Catering
- Katama General
- Kitchen Porch
- La Soffitta
- Linda Jean's Restaurant
- Little House Café
- MV Community Services
- MV Salads
- The Port Hunter
- Right Fork Diner
- Rosewater Market
- Seasmoke MV
- Sharky's (Edgartown Location)
- Square Rigger Restaurant
- State Road
- Stop & Shop (Vineyard Haven Location)
- The Sweet Life
- Vineyard Golf Club
- Waterside Market
- West Tisbury Congregational Church
- West Tisbury Farmers Market
- Island Public Schools
- Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School
- Martha's Vineyard Refuse District (residential dropoff)
- West Tisbury, Chilmark, Tisbury, & Oak Bluffs Local Drop Off's (residential dropoff)
Our Island schools all separate food waste and participate in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge.