The Ultimate Simple, Smart, Sustainable Handbook to Martha’s Vineyard

This handbook was last updated May 2024.


RECYCLING

All six towns have the same rules for what can and can’t be recycled.

WHAT YOU CAN RECYCLE

Rules: Empty, clean, wash; no caps or lids

  • Metal cans
  • Plastic containers (bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs)
  • Glass containers (bottles and jars; NO ceramics OR window panes)
  • Paper and paperboard, corrugated cardboard (empty and flatten, remove packing tape)
  • Includes office paper, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, paperboard boxes; NO shredded paper, pizza boxes, waxed boxes, or books with bindings) 

WHAT YOU CAN'T RECYCLE

  • Recyclables in a garbage bag
  • Garbage 
  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap
  • Food or liquid
  • Styrofoam items or packaging materials
  • Clothing or linens
  • Tanglers (hoses, wires, chains, electronics)

TRANSFER STATION RULES

Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, West Tisbury

Dual sorting system:

  • Cardboard and paper go together
  • Plastic containers, tin cans, aluminum cans and glass go together

Oak Bluffs and Tisbury

Dual sorting system:

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  • Cardboard, newspaper and paper go together
  • Everything else single stream 

Oak Bluffs Bruno’s Drop-off

Dual sorting system:

  • Separate cardboard
  • Everything else single stream

Harvey (formerly Bruno’s) and ABC’s Pick-up Recycling Rules

Single bin, don’t need to separate materials

Not sure?

If you’re unsure about whether something is or is not recyclable, you can ask an attendant. If there isn’t anyone to ask, it’s better to throw it out. If recycling bins are contaminated with too many non-recyclable materials, the entire bin will be thrown out. 


COMPOSTING

Compost buckets are available for free at IGI’s offices in West Tisbury or at town transfer stations. To request a bucket, email [email protected] or call 508-687-9062.

Drop-off locations (currently free or for small fee)

  • Transfer stations in all towns
  • Chappy ferry dock 
  • IGI’s farm
  • Eggshells and coffee grounds to North Tabor and Wise Owl Farms

ACCEPTED ITEMS

  • All meat and fish (including bones, lobster shells, and egg shells)
  • All dairy
  • Grains, nuts, seeds, flour products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Tea bags (staples removed)
  • Coffee grounds and coffee filters
  • All flowers
  • Paper napkins and paper towels (unless they were used with toxic products that won’t break down under high heat)

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS

  • Large amounts of oyster, clam, littleneck, mussel shells (Contact the M.V. Shellfish Group: mvshellfishgroup.org)
  • Fat/oil/grease (small amounts from leftover food is fine)
  • Plastic or trash of any kind 

REPRESENTATIVES

Got something to say about pending legislation? Call your elected officials:

State Governor

Maura Healey
617-725-4005; Instagram/X: @MassGovernor

State Senator

Julian Andre Cyr
617-722-1570; [email protected]; Instagram/X: @JulianCyr 

State Representative

Dylan A. Fernandes
617-722-2230; [email protected]; Instagram: @dylan1fernandes, X: @RepDylan 

Federal Senators

Ed Markey
Boston Office: 617-565-8519, Springfield Office: 413-785-4601, DC Office: 202-224-2742; Instagram: @EdMarkey, X: @SenMarkey

Elizabeth Warren
Boston Office: 617-565-3170, Springfield Office: 413-788-2690, DC Office: 202-224-4543; Instagram: @ElizabethWarren, X: @SenWarren

Federal Representative

William R. Keating
Cape & Islands Office: 508-771-6868, DC Office: 202-225-3111; Instagram: @RepKeating, X: @USRepKeating


VOLUNTEERING

Polly Hill Arboretum Grounds Volunteers

Starting in June, volunteers are welcome to work with staff at the 70-acre West Tisbury public garden on activities like planting, pruning, weeding, and mulching. To learn more about volunteering opportunities, email [email protected]

Glean with Island Grown Initiative

Island Grown Initiative works to build a regenerative and equitable food system on Martha’s Vineyard. Volunteers can help IGI harvest fresh local produce for Islanders in need. No experience needed. Gleaning takes about two hours and volunteers may keep a share of the harvest for themselves. Sign up here.

Community Greenhouse of Martha’s Vineyard

People come to the Community Greenhouse of MV in Oak Bluffs to gather and grow food and plants and learn together. There are a range of year-round volunteer opportunities for all mobilities and levels of expertise. Volunteers can work inside and outside to help with weeding, pruning, seeding, planting, and beautifying plants; members can also pick fresh produce. For updated information, visit marthasvineyardgreenhouse.org.


NATIVE PLANTS

A variety of native plants are available at nurseries around the Island. Polly Hill Arboretum sells plants from Island sources Memorial Day through Columbus Day. You can also consult their plant selection guide.


SECOND-HAND STORES

Act Two Second Hand Store

66 Main Street, Vineyard Haven; acttwosecondhandstore.org 

Chicken Alley Thrift Shop 

38 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven; chickenalley.org

Island Vintage & Designer Apparel

30 Main Street (entrance on Spring Street), Vineyard Haven; shopislandvintage.com

Second Treasures MV

8 Uncas Avenue, Oak Bluffs; secondtreasuresmv.com

The ‘Dumptique'

West Tisbury Transfer Station

Pyewacket’s

135 Anchor Way, Vineyard Haven 

A large selection of vintage goods. Specializing in all things antique, unique, esoteric, and familiar.

MV Free Items and MV Stuff for Sale

These Facebook groups are great to connect with folks in the community to find new homes for all kinds of items. Visit MV Free Items and MV Stuff for Sale.

MV Clothes to Go

United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard; 89 William Street, Vineyard Haven

Instagram: @mvclothestogo


FOOD DONATIONS

Combat food insecurity and food waste by ensuring that any unwanted non-perishable food is donated rather than tossed. Visit their sites or call for details and hours.

Island Food Pantry

137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs
igimv.org/about-island-food-pantry; [email protected]
Monday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Wednesday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Senior Hours: Friday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Good Shepherd Parish Food Pantry

55 School Street, Oak Bluffs
goodshepherdmv.com/outreach-programs; [email protected]

Edgartown Council on Aging Food Pantry

10 Daggett Ave, Edgartown.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that empowers communities to spread a love of reading through neighborhood book exchanges. At mail-box sized kiosks maintained by the community, passersby are encouraged to take a book, or leave a book. There are five Little Free Libraries on Martha’s Vineyard, including one on Chappaquiddick. Find a Little Free Library near you.

Aquinnah Public Library

1 Church Street, Aquinnah; aquinnahlibrary.org

Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Chilmark Public Library

522 South Road, Chilmark; chilmarkma.gov/chilmark-library

Off Season: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

​​Summer: Monday, Friday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Library of Things

Patrons of the Chilmark Public Library can check out a wide variety of items from their Library of Things. These items include power tools, kitchen equipment, memory care kits, starfinder kits, gardening kits, birdwatching kits, board games, lawn games, instruments, knitting kits, and audio/video kits. View a full list of items here.

Edgartown Public Library

26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown; edgartownlibrary.org

Monday, Thursday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 am – 6 pm

Library of Things

Patrons of the Edgartown Public Library can check out a wide variety of items from their Library of Things. These items include Chromebooks, wi-fi hotspots, Nintendo Switch, slow cooker, guitars and ukuleles, and Pilestone colorblind glasses. View a full list of items here.

Down Island Coastal Pond Speaker Series

This series of events is produced by Friends of Sengekontaket, Lagoon Pond Association, Tisbury Waterways Inc., and the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. These talks aim to provide Islanders with a practical guide to protecting our coastal ponds. Previous events in this series included a presentation from UMass Dartmouth coastal systems scientists on why nitrogen matters and how individuals can contribute to solutions at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, and a walk with local experts through a rewilded property to learn the benefits of a wild lawn. In October (date and time TBD), the Edgartown Public Library will host “Septics for Skeptics.”

Oak Bluffs Public Library

56R School St, Oak Bluffs; oakbluffslibrary.org

Off Season: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer (June – August): Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Library of Things

Patrons of the Oak Bluffs Public Library can check out a wide variety of items from their Library of Things. These items include board games, birding backpacks, wi-fi hotspots, fishing and clamming equipment, lawn games, beach supplies, radon detector, sensory equipment for children, sewing machines, DVD players, metal detectors, induction cooktops, home repair and bike repair kits, and knitting and crochet kits. View a full list of items here.

Maritime Month

Each September, the Oak Bluffs Public Library celebrates Maritime Month to honor local mariner Gordon Goodwin whose family donated a memorial fund to the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs with the request to add maritime collections and programming in the library. Events during Maritime Month have included learning to shuck oysters and recycle their shells with MV Shellfish Group, beach clean ups, and learning about how shellfish conservation has evolved on the Island over the last 50 years.

Vineyard Haven Public Library

200 Main Street, Vineyard Haven; vhlibrary.org

Monday, Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday, Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Vineyard Power Energy Assessments

Vineyard Power frequently hosts workshops at the Vineyard Haven Public Library to discuss how homeowners can make the most of no-cost energy assessments, rebates for energy-efficient home heating appliances, assistance in adopting renewable energy resources, and other incentives to transition away from fossil fuels.

West Tisbury Public Library

1042 State Road, West Tisbury; westtisburylibrary.org

Monday – Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Library of Things

Patrons of the West Tisbury Public Library can check out a wide variety of items from their Library of Things. These items include lawn games, board games, instruments, a bicycle tool kit, and light therapy lamps, DVD/Blu-Ray/streaming video players, Kindle, Nintendo Switch, portable boom boxes and CD players, Chromebooks and laptops with Microsoft Office, wi-fi hotspots, tire inflators and car battery chargers, paper shredders and scanners, adventure backpacks, social media influencer kits, home energy detective kits, homework kits, mindfulness kits, microscopes, cassette and record player convertors, and art kits. View a full list of items here.

Community Seed Library

A collaborative project of the West Tisbury Library, Island Grown Schools, Polly Hill Arboretum, Whippoorwill Farm, and local home gardeners, the Seed Library brings the knowledge of how to save seeds back to our Island community while creating a central space where seeds can be freely shared. For more info on events, follow their Facebook page.

Climate Book Club

The West Tisbury Library provides copies of books and access to audiobooks for the Climate Book Club. Members gather monthly at the library to discuss both fiction and non-fiction titles that explore the many dimensions of the climate crisis. For more information, contact Nicola Blake at [email protected].

Other Events

From garden planning, to biochar workshops, to seedling swaps, the West Tisbury Public Library has an events calendar packed with eco-programming and more: bit.ly/wtlib-events.

MV Farms/Produce

Allen Farm Sheep & Wool

421 South Road, Chilmark

www.allenfarm.com, 508-645-9064 & 508-627-1508

  • Year-round farm store
  • Grass fed lamb
  • Eggs
  • Compost tea
  • Organic soil amendments
  • Handmade woolens
  • Farm consulting, educational programming
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

Beetlebung Farm

521 South Road, Chilmark

www.beetlebungfarm.org

  • Year-round farm stand & at farmers market
  • Produce
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • Island-raised meat/eggs (from other farms)
  • Educational programming
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

Fire Cat Farm

Farmstand at Menemsha Crossroads

[email protected] 413-835-1011

  • Seasonal farm stand & Saturdays at farmers market
  • Queer owned
  • Organic flowers & vegetables
  • Cash only at farm stand, CC & Venmo at farmers market

The Garden Farm

Farmstand at Menemsha Crossroads

thegardenfarmmv.com 508-939-0096

  • Seasonal farmstand
  • Private farm run by 13th gen. Islander
  • Seasonal flowers & vegetables
  • Online and Saturdays at farmers market
  • Cash only at farmstand, CC and Venmo at farmers market

The Grey Barn & Farm

22 South Road, Chilmark

thegreybarnandfarm.com 508-645-4854

  • Year-round farm store & at farmers market
  • Certified Organic
  • Award-winning cheese
  • Grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, eggs, raw milk
  • Breads, Pastries
  • Vegetables, fruit
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • Local and regional specialty items
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

Mermaid Farm & Dairy

9 Middle Road, Chilmark

[email protected] 508-645-3492

  • Year-round farm stand
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Raw milk
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Specialty products

Milkweed Farm

milkweedfarm-chilmark.com

  • At farmers market, online and Katama General Store
  • Vegetables & fruit
  • Flowers

Native Earth Teaching Farm

94 North Road, Chilmark

nativeearthteachingfarm.org 508-645-3304

  • Year round farm
  • Hatching eggs for rare breeds of ducks and chickens
  • Goats for clearing and pets
  • Eggs
  • Produce, herbs
  • Yarn
  • Open by appointment for farm tours, animal visits, community garden, educational programming
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

North Tabor Farm

4 North Tabor Road, Chilmark

northtaborfarm.com 508-645-3311

  • Year-round farm stand, farmers market, local grocers
  • Meat, poultry, eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Specialty items
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

Tea Lane Farm

161 Middle Road, Chilmark

tealanefarm.com

  • Seasonal farm flower stand and farmers market
  • Specializing in cut flowers and floral design
  • Cash, Check, Venmo

Blackwater Farm

256 Lambert’s Cove Road, WT

508-693-9785

  • Year-round farm stand
  • Pork and beef
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Seasonal cut flowers
  • Cash, Local Check, Venmo

Breezy Pines Farm

breezypinesfarm-mv.com 508-560-6227

  • Online, farmers market, and local grocers
  • Seasonal farm
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Apothecary products
  • Cash, Venmo

Christiantown Farm

508-693-2065

  • On-farm sales by appointment
  • Eggs at Cronigs
  • Grass-fed lamb

Cleveland Farm

[email protected] 774-563-8640

  • On-farm sales by appointment
  • Pasture-raised organic chicken, turkey
  • Eggs
  • Pastured lamb
  • Heritage pork

Fielder Family Farms

[email protected] 703-708-4845

  • Wednesdays at farmers market
  • Small family co-op
  • Seasonal vegetables, fruit, edible flowers
  • Cash only

Flat Point Farm

126 Road to Great Neck (off New Lane), WT

flatpointfarm.com 508-693-5685

  • Farm stand and at farmers market
  • Small family farm
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Hay
  • Goat milk soap
  • Cash only at the farm stand, CC at farmers market

Ghost Island Farm

27 Davis Look Road, WT

ghostislandfarm.square.site 508-693-5161

  • Year-round farm store and online
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Nip & Tuck meat
  • Eggs
  • Specialty products

North Tisbury Farm & Market

632 State Road, WT

northtisburyfarm.com 508-696-4664

  • Seasonal farm store (Memorial Day-Mid October)
  • Local meat
  • Homemade sausage and pate
  • Charcuterie
  • Artisan cheese
  • Baked goods
  • Eggs
  • Produce
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Honey
  • Specialty products
  • Cash, Debit, CC, Apple Pay

Whippoorwill Farm

Off Old County Road, WT

whippoorwillfarm.com 508-383-7474

  • Farm stand and at farmers market
  • Local meat
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Cash, Venmo

Whiting Farm

508-693-4691

  • On farm sales by appointment
  • Pasture-raised lamb and pork

Down Island Farm

mvseasalt.com 508-560-3315

  • At farmers market and 20 island retailers
  • MV SeaSalt
  • Free range eggs
  • Cash, Check, Credit

Fork to Pork

forktopork.com 508-687-4649

  • Seasonal farm (April-September)
  • Available by appointment
  • Repurposing island food waste to raise pigs for local restaurants and client freezers

Island Alpaca Farm

1 Head of the Pond Road, VH

islandalpaca.com 508-693-5554

  • Year-round farm store
  • Alpaca yarn and products
  • Farm tours, educational programming, special events venue
  • Cash, Check, CC

Island Bee Company

islandbeecompanymv.com 508-693-6288

  • By appointment, at the farmers market, at local retailers
  • Year-round family run apiary
  • Raw honey
  • 100% beeswax candles
  • Moisturizers
  • Propolis products
  • Beeswax food wraps
  • Creamed honey
  • Honeycomb
  • Bee art
  • Pollination services, full-service hive management, swarm removal, locally raised queens
  • Cash, Check, Venmo

Bayes Norton Farm

223 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, OB

508-696-5989

  • Seasonal farmstand
  • Sustainably grown fruits and vegetables
  • Herbs & more

Red Hill Farm

2 Elisha Lane

  • 24/7 Egg stand
  • Eggs from free range chickens fed on natural grain, day-old vegetables, and bread

Marshall Farm

199 Chappaquiddick Road, Edgartown

marshallfarmwoodworks.com 802-595-1527

  • Seasonal farm and available at Slip Away Farm stand
  • Poultry
  • Lamb
  • Cash, Check, Venmo

Morning Glory Farm

120 Meshacket Road, Edgartown

morninggloryfarm.com 508-627-9003

  • Year-round farm store, online, at farmers market, and local retailers
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Produce
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Breads and baked goods
  • Cut flowers
  • Specialty items
  • Salad bar
  • Cash, Check, CC, HIP/Snap

Old Town Gardens

[email protected] 508-627-5827

  • By appointment and at farmers market
  • Seasonal farm (May-October)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Jams and jellies
  • Cash, Check

Slip Away Farm

199 Chappaquiddick Road, Edgartown

slipawayfarm.com 508-627-7465

  • Seasonal farm stand (July-September) with limited hours, available online
  • Flower CSA
  • Vegetables
  • Marshall Farm lamb and poultry
  • Cash, Check, Venmo

The Farm Institute

14 Aero Avenue

thetrustees.org/tfi 508-627-7007

  • Year-round educational farm
  • Run by the Trustees of Reservations on land leased from the Town of Edgartown
  • Eggs
  • Flowers
  • Meat
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Farm tours, camp, educational programming
  • Cash, Check, CC

Spearpoint Oyster Farm

Katama Bay/Menemsha Pond

mvspearpoints.com 508-942-4046

Signature Oyster Farm

Katama Bay

signatureoysterfarm.com 774-563-0950

Honeysuckle Oyster Farm

Katama Bay

honeysuckleoyster.com 508-939-1580

Husselton Head Oyster Farm

Lagoon Pond

[email protected] 508-737-5717

  • Oysters and farmed baby scallops

Martino’s Seafood

Lagoon Pond/open ocean

cottagecityoysters.com 508-299-7745

  • Available online, farmers market, select retailers
  • Cottage City oysters
  • Bay scallops
  • Clams
  • Kelp
  • Gracilaria seaweed
  • Cash, Check, CC, Venmo

Non-profits:

  • MV Agricultural Society
  • WT Farmers Market
  • IGI
  • MV Community Greenhouse
  • MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust
  • MV Shellfish Group
  • Slough Farm

West Tisbury Farmers Market:

Saturday’s June 1st – October 26th, Wednesday’s June 5th – August 28th, 9AM – 12PM, MV Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Road WT

FREE ON-SITE PARKING & ADMISSION, NO DOGS ALLOWED, NO SMOKING 

Electric Vehicle Charging

Wondering where you can charge your EV? The Martha's Vineyard Times has a comprehensive list of electric vehicle charging stations on Martha's Vineyard. Locations include the Aquinnah Circle and Town Hall, Vineyard Haven and West Tisbury Cronig's, the West Tisbury Town Hall, Library, and Highway Department, the Oak Bluffs Library, the Edgartown VTA Yard and Park and Ride, and the Harbor View Hotel.

Medication Disposal

Outdated, unneeded medication is dangerous, and disposing of it down your drain or toilet impacts the environment. Instead take yours to MV Hospital’s Drop-off box (located in the Annex lobby), in the drop-off boxes at police stations in West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, and Edgartown, or at Leslie’s Pharmacy or Vineyard Scripts.

MV Tap Map

In an ongoing effort to reduce the pollution and waste associated with bottled water served in disposable plastic bottles, the Take Back the Tap initiative has already brought water bottle refill stations to more than 20 locations across the Island, with many more still in progress or anticipated for the future. These machines dispense chilled, filtered water — for free, and faster than than buying a bottle from a store or vending machine.

Vineyard Climate Action Plan: The Vineyard Way

in 2022, our six distinct towns, the Wampanoag Tribe, and community partners came together to write the story of a tight-knit community that rises to the climate challenge by developing a climate action plan, The Vineyard Way. To do so, we drew on our connections to nature and each other to consider climate-resilient actions for our homes, roads, beaches, education and workforce, energy, and food. We’re navigating uncharted waters, but we’re doing it together.


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