- Overview of 2021 County Studies
- Out of State Disposal
- Waste Diversion
Managing the various waste streams on Cape Cod is critical to protecting air, soil, and drinking water supplies. The Cape Cod Commission Act, signed in 1990, calls for the provision of adequate capital facilities including solid, sanitary, and hazardous waste disposal facilities. In addition, the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan outlines goals, objectives, and recommended actions for, among other significant issues, solid waste management and recycling, hazardous waste management, and water quality and wastewater management.
Since 1990, the Commission has helped Cape Cod towns identify alternative disposal methods to unlined landfills. The Commission's efforts supported an integrated approach to managing wastes, focusing on waste reduction, recycling, and composting to supplement waste disposal transfer to lined landfills or the SEMASS waste-to-energy incineration facility located off-Cape.
Barnstable County's Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has a Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator that provides Cape Cod's 15 towns with technical assistance on issues related to waste reduction and recycling, including municipal solid waste analyses, pay-as-you-throw program implementation, difficult-to-manage waste diversion, transfer station operations, guidance on grant funding, and public education.
The Commission identifies the "ongoing generation of hazardous wastes, and the transport, storage, and use of hazardous materials" as a risk to the drinking water supply in the Regional Policy Plan (RPP).
Cooperative Extension has a Hazardous Waste & Water Quality Program whose mission is to "protect our drinking water supply, an unconfined sole-source aquifer, through public education and regional collection programs of hazardous materials."