General Information & Resources

Municipal Recycling Rules & Regulations

  • Notes on Municipal Rules & Regulations

    Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.) Chapter 111, Sections 31A and 31B authorize Boards of Health to permit solid waste haulers and establish rules governing their activities. Some use this authority to require that haulers provide recycling services to their customers. M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 8H authorizes cities and towns to establish recycling programs and require residents, schools and businesses to separate solid waste for recycling ("mandatory recycling rules"). Dozens have adopted regulations, bylaws and ordinances designed to ensure recyclable materials are managed separately from solid waste and in compliance with state waste bans.

    The data contained in the files below is subject to change and should be used only as a reference tool. To request a copy of a specific municipality's regulation, ordinance or bylaw on file with MassDEP, please email Emily Martin and provide the name of the city or town. For more current information, contact the municipality directly.

  • Hauler Recycling Rules Database - October 2013 pdf format of 			Hauler Recycling Rules Database
	xls format of Hauler Recycling Rules Database
    The municipalities listed in this spreadsheet have adopted hauler regulations, ordinances or bylaws. These rules are on file with MassDEP.
  • Mandatory Recycling Rules Database - October 2013 pdf format of 			Mandatory Recycling Rules Database
	xls format of Mandatory Recycling Rules Database
    The municipalities listed in this spreadsheet have adopted mandatory recycling regulations, ordinances or bylaws that govern generators of solid waste. These rules are on file with MassDEP.

Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT)

Public Events Recycling & Composting

Tools for Recycling Coordinators