Article 34


(Appropriation:  Incineration of Solid Waste)

Carried Over from 2020 Annual Town Meeting

            To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds a sum of money to contract with ECO WASTE SOLUTION, 5760 Shier-rings Road Dublin, OH 43016 or other suitable vendor. To provide the installation, operation and manage the incineration of up to 10 Tonnes/Per day of solid waste or to take any other action relative thereto.


(Clifford J. Williams, et al)

FINANCE COMMITTEE MOTION:  Moved not to adopt the Article. 


FINANCE COMMITTEE COMMENT:  The Finance Committee appreciates Mr. Williams’s suggestion of innovative technologies that potentially could address the island’s solid waste needs. The Town is encouraged to explore all available options as it prepares for the end of its current waste management contract in 2025, including suggestions from the community. However, the Finance Committee voted not to adopt this Article for several significant reasons:


  • An investment of this scale (over $13 million) is normally reviewed by Town Administration, appropriate departments, including Finance, and the Capital Program Committee before being presented at Town Meeting.
  • The current waste management contract does not expire until 2025 and does not permit the Town to utilize alternate waste disposal technologies.
  • It is unclear whether or not the proposed technology is compatible with current state law.


SELECT BOARD COMMENT:  The Board supports the Finance Committee Motion and Comment. One of the Board’s Strategic Plan Goals is: “Provide data-driven recommendations on island-wide solid waste management guided by principles of sustainability”. As a result, all available options will be considered for long-term solid waste disposal and management. Long-term viability of a landfill adjacent to Long Pond storm tide pathways is of critical concern.