The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) seeks input from the public - including individuals, communities and groups - before it issues certain types of solid waste management permits or approvals. As part of this process, the agency requires distribution of a public notice either when it receives a permit application or before it makes a final decision, and accepts public comment for a specific period of time. In some cases, MassDEP also schedules a public hearing or meeting, which allows the agency to provide additional information about a proposed project and to receive feedback from the public. The information on this page is intended to help you understand how and when you can be part of the review and decision-making process for certain solid waste management permits or approvals. To learn about current opportunities for you to participate, see: Public Hearings and Comments
 

Facility Siting, Construction & Operation
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Waste Determinations & Demonstrations

Facility Siting, Construction & Operation

Facility Closure & Reuse

Waste Determinations & Demonstrations

  • Permit Category:

    Solid Waste Beneficial Use Determinations

    Explanation: Anyone proposing to use a solid waste material as a substitute for a commercial product or commodity must first obtain MassDEP authorization to do so. The agency reviews the proposed use to ensure that it will be beneficial and not harm public health or the environment. Follow the links below for additional information and definitions.

    Public Notice/Comment Period: 21 days

    Public Hearing: None.

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  • Permit Category:

    Solid Waste Demonstration Projects

    Explanation: This permit is required before anyone can use a new or innovative solid waste management process or technology not already approved by MassDEP at a landfill, transfer station or combustion facility, or new or innovative process for the recycling or composting of pre-sorted materials. MassDEP reviews the proposed process or technology to ensure that it will do no harm to public health, safety or the environment. Follow the links below for additional information and definitions.

    Public Notice/Comment Period: Required for some projects, but not all. MassDEP may issue provisional approval with a deferred effective date to allow for 21-day public notice/comment period. See the regulations for additional information.

    Public Hearing: None.

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