With the town's contract with landfill operator Waste Options Nantucket LLC set to expire in 2025, the Select Board is considering acquiring landfill assets like the construction and demolition (C&D) waste facility from the company that has run the dump for more than two decades.
During a recent executive session, the Select Board voted to enter into negotiations to purchase the C&D building from Waste Options, according to a town government source.
While the town owns the property at the Madaket landfill, it is Waste Options that owns the infrastructure, including the composter, recycling facility, and the C&D building, which is one of only two facilities on Nantucket licensed to accept construction and demolition debris (the other is owned by P&M Reis Trucking Inc. on Industry Road).
With the contract with Waste Options set to expire in two years, the town is looking to acquire the C&D building to set itself up for a more advantageous solid waste contract.
Any potential acquisition that is negotiated would require approval by voters at Town Meeting.
The town's entire solid waste strategy is now under review, and it is considering whether or not to continue the composting operation beyond 2025. Other options include transporting all solid waste to the mainland, or potentially emerging technologies such as pyrolysis, gasification, and thermal hydrolysis.