Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


The Nantucket recycling system is unique given its use of a biodigester and the large fluctuation of waste generated between the summer tourist and winter seasons. This project developed a waste characterization process for the Department of Public Works that was then conducted to collect data about the waste stream. The study data was analyzed to understand how much of the waste stream could be diverted from the landfill through proper recycling, and used in the creation of educational materials for the public and a tutorial guide for the DPW to use for future waste characterization studies. Additional developments from this project included a recycling poster for the community, and recommendations for improving the overall disposal systems on Nantucket.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project