Local mandatory recycling bylaws or ordinances, limits on the number of trash barrels collected per household, and private hauler recycling regulations can all be effective tools in reducing solid waste tonnage and municipal disposal costs.

Municipal Recycling Rules & Regulations
Developing Private Hauler Regulations
Mandatory Recycling in Practice
Outreach & Education Materials for Mandatory Recycling Programs

Municipal Recycling Rules & Regulations

  • M.G.L. Chapter 111, Sections 31A and 31B, authorize local boards of health to permit and regulate solid waste haulers. Some boards require haulers to 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. Many have adopted "mandatory recycling" regulations, bylaws and ordinances. The data below is for reference only. For information about specific communities' rules, please email Janine Bishop of MassDEP or contact municipalities directly.
  • Hauler Recycling Rules Database - November 2015  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 - November 2015  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.

Developing Private Hauler Regulations

Mandatory Recycling in Practice

Outreach & Education Materials for Mandatory Recycling