Solid Waste & Recycling

Nantucket’s mandatory recycling program was established in July of 1996. All residential and commercial property owners or occupants are required to recycle. The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) provides a single drop-off area for all source-separated recyclable and household waste.

Waste streams flyer

Click HERE to download the Waste Streams Guide

RECYCLABLES 

  • Shipping Boxes (clean, corrugated cardboard)
  • Plastics (bottles, cups, jars, jugs, and tubs)
  • Tin/Aluminum (food and beverage cans, bottle and jar lids, aluminum foil items)
  • Glass (bottles and jars). Sort lids and caps according to their material.

COMPOSTABLE WASTE

Food scraps and mixed paper. This includes, for example, pizza/food boxes, paper towels, paper bags, newspapers, magazines, tissues, coffee grounds, pet waste. 

Note: waxed paper items (and all other items made from a mix of materials) go in Non-Recyclable & Non-Compostable Waste.

NON-RECYCLABLE & NON-COMPOSTABLE WASTE 

Household waste items that do not belong in the other streams. This includes: plastic bags and other plastic film, Styrofoam, plastic wrappers, chip bags, milk cartons, cleaning wipes, diapers, incandescent lights, textiles that are not reusable (you can leave your reusable textiles at the Take-It-or-Leave-It), and all items and packaging made from a mix of materials (when possible, please separate items made from a mix of materials into their separate waste streams).

* All items should be clean and empty, and must be contained in clear plastic bags. 

** All loads must be covered when en-route to the landfill. Fines can be issued for trash blowing from vehicles.


This page was last updated on June 14, 2019.