In support of its goal to increase by 350,000 tons per year the amount of organic material diverted from disposal statewide by 2020, the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promotes residential, commercial and institutional composting, recycling and reuse of grass clippings, yard wastes, food materials and other organics.

Home Composting & Green Landscaping

Learn about back yard and worm bin composting, sustainable lawn and garden practices, Christmas tree recycling, how to get a low-cost compost bin, more.

Commercial, Institutional & Agricultural Composting & Organics

Information about agricultural, commercial and municipal compost sites, food material management, the annual Organics Recycling Summit, more.

General Permit Annual Certification - Recycling, Composting or Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion Operations

Annual certification requirements, forms and instructions for recycling, composting and conversion operations subject to 310 CMR 16.04.

Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban

Effective October 1, 2014, Massachusetts businesses and institutions that generate one ton or more of food waste per week may no longer throw that material away. Learn more about the state ban on disposal of commercial organic wastes.

Massachusetts Waste Disposal Bans

A number of easy-to-recycle and toxic materials are banned from disposal in Massachusetts combustion facilities and landfills.

Anaerobic Digestion & Organics Diversion

In an oxygen-free environment, bacteria can convert organic materials into renewable biogas.

Financial & Technical Assistance for Anaerobic Digestion Projects

A matrix of grant, loan and assistance programs available to renewable energy developers who are proposing organics processing projects.

Waste & Recycling Policies & Guidance

Documents interpreting MassDEP regulations and how to comply with them.