How does this relate to waste stream separation?

The objective of waste stream separation is to handle all waste in the most sustainable ways possible, within the limitations and unique challenges Nantucket faces pertaining to waste management. Reducing the amount of waste generated is the first, and most effective and efficient, step in minimizing our impact on the health of the natural environment, and in turn our own health. While there are single-use alternatives to each of the banned items, we encourage you to consider reusable alternatives to these items. This minimizes waste and reduces carbon emissions associated with production and transportation of single-use items.

Most compostable plastics need certain conditions in an industrial composter to break down, which Nantucket’s waste management facility at 188 Madaket Road may or may not meet. The Department of Public Works and Waste Options Nantucket are working on conducting research to better understand the capabilities of our Composter and composting process.

Cleaning up the Compostable Waste stream by keeping plastic and other non-biodegradable materials out of it, creates more possibilities for finding ways to properly handle compostable plastics locally.

For more information about how to sort your ‘trash’ visit:

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1. Will I be fined if I am carrying a single-use plastic water bottle around?
2. What is “drinking water”? Will I still be able to buy sparkling water?
3. How will I stay hydrated if I cannot buy bottles of water?
4. Will vending machines be allowed to sell bottled water?
5. Can I bring these banned items from off-island or order them online?
6. How will this bylaw be enforced?
7. How does this relate to waste stream separation?
8. How does this bylaw relate to the existing Biodegradable Packaging Bylaw?
9. Can my business use these items if they are made from compostable plastics, bamboo, or a natural fiber?