Managing Hazardous Wastes
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Interim Guidance on Management of Evaporator Systems, April 2011
- Guidance on the Regulatory Status of Petroleum-Contaminated Remedial Wastewater, August 2009
- Summary of Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Requirements, July 2014
A summary of Massachusetts hazardous waste regulations as they apply to generator classification, housekeeping and paperwork. Includes information for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) of hazardous waste.
- The Very Small Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste (VSQG)
If your facility uses cleaning solvents, oils, inks, paints, acids or alkalines, it is likely generating hazardous waste that need to be handled appropriately.
- Massachusetts Policy on the Management of Wastes from Lead Abatement, Remodeling & Renovation Activities Conducted in Households
- Policy for Industrial Wipers Contaminated With Solvents
- BWP-94-007: Policy on the Classification of Used Carbon Canisters, December 1993
- HW 93-01: Interim Policy Regarding the Regulatory Status of Soils Contaminated with Waste Oil of Unknown Origin and/or Hazardous Constituents, January 1993
- HW 93-02: Policy for the Management of Used Oil Filters
- Waste Management Guidance for Industrial Wipers & Sorptive Materials Contaminated With Waste Oil
- Policy for Disposal of Lighting Ballasts from Fluorescent Lights Containing PCB-Impregnated Capacitors, January 1992
- Policy for Contractors with Hazardous Waste
Managing Solid Wastes
- Fact Sheets, Brochures & Other Resources
Waste management information and guidance for businesses, consumers, institutions and municipalities.
- Management of Sharps Generated from Non-Commercial Sources, March 2005
- Notification Form for Sharps Collection Center
- Mercury Management Act (MMA)
- Operations that Handle Either Post-Incinerator Ferrous or Muni-ferrous (Pre-Incinerator Ferrous), December 2004
- Guidelines for Centralized Grass Composting
- Leaf & Yard Waste Composting Guidance Document
- Shredded Brush: Methods of Utilization
- Policy #BWP-94-092: Reuse & Disposal of Street Sweepings
Managing Construction & Demolition Materials
- Managing Construction & Demolition (C&D) Wastes
Tools and resources for the proper management, recycling and disposal of materials from construction and demolition projects. Includes case studies of C&D waste reduction and recycling in specific projects across the state.
- Massachusetts Facilities Approved by MassDEP to Accept Reclamation Soil
Reclamation Soil Project blog provides facilities list updates, including agency approvals (administrative consent orders) and soil management plans.
- COMM-15-01 Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects
August 28, 2015
- Using or Processing Asphalt Pavement, Brick & Concrete Rubble
Asphalt pavement, brick and concrete (ABC) rubble, such as the rubble generated by the demolition of buildings, bridges or roadways, must be handled in accordance with the Massachusetts solid waste regulations. These regulations allow and MassDEP encourages the recycling/reuse of ABC rubble.
Managing Disaster Debris
- All Hazards Disaster Debris Management Plan
- All Hazards Disaster Debris Management Plan Appendices file size 1MB
- Disaster Debris Management Planning: An Introduction for Local Government Officials, July 2014
- Massachusetts Local Disaster Debris Management Plan Checklist, July 2014
- Disaster Debris Management Planning Form, July 2014
- Town of Westborough Disaster Debris Management Plan
- Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Guide to Municipal & Residential Disaster Debris Management
- Presentation: Avian Flu & Carcass Management Planning
- Storm Preparedness & Emergency Response Resources
- Disposal of Tree Debris from Specific Natural Disasters
Learn how to properly manage woody debris after a storm.
- Q&A: Managing Solid Waste Debris After an Emergency
Learn more about managing debris - including solid and hazardous wastes and asbestos - after a storm or other emergency.
- Massachusetts Road Inventory Maps
- Summary of Massachusetts Disaster Debris Monitoring & Management Contracts, July 2014
The Commonwealth's electronic procurement system
Solid Waste Management Facilities
- Solid Waste Management
- Material Separation Plan Guidance for Municipal Waste Combustors
MassDEP guidance document developed to help facility operators comply with requirements that they develop plans for preventing disposal of items containing mercury.
- Guidance for Solid Waste Facility Operators: Handling Products Containing Mercury
Massachusetts solid waste facilities are required to separate end-of-life mercury-added products from the waste stream, store them separately, and ensure they are appropriately recycled.
- Guidance for Conditionally Exempt Recycling Operations on Handling Products Containing Mercury, March 2010
- Closure Activities at Inactive Unlined Landfill Sites
- Landfill Post-Closure Use Permitting Guidelines
Requirements for building renewable energy facilities on closed landfills.
- Landfill Technical Guidance Manual, May 1997 file size 2MB
- Policy: Control of Odorous Gas at Massachusetts Landfills, September 2007
- Appendices A through H
- BWP-01-04: Mercury Emission Requirements Under the Municipal Waste Combustor Rule, June 2001
- MassDEP Guidance BWP 98.006: Wood Waste Reclamation Facilities
- MassDEP Policy BWP-98.003: Gull Control at Landfills & Other Solid Waste Management Facilities
- Manual for Gull Control at Massachusetts Landfills, May 1998
- Field Data Form: Gull Control Program, November 2001
- Policy # COMM-97-001: Reuse & Disposal of Contaminated Soil at Massachusetts Landfills
- Interim Policy # COMM-94-007: Sampling, Analysis, Handling & Tracking Requirements for Dredged Sediment Reused or Disposed at Massachusetts Landfills
Waste Disposal Bans
- Municipal Compliance Fact Sheet: Waste Bans
What municipal officials need to know about waste ban regulations in Massachusetts.
- Waste Ban Guidance for Operators of Solid Waste Facilities, April 2014
- Attachments A-F: Inspection Sheet, Sample Letters, Suggested Signage
- Attachment G: Compliance Plan Form for Facility Operators
- Waste Ban Reporting Data Trends & Focus Group Meeting Materials
- Commercial Organic Materials Waste Ban Guidance for Businesses, Institutions & Haulers, June 2014
Compliance information for businesses and institutions that dispose of one ton or more of organic material per week.
- Gypsum Wallboard Waste Ban Compliance Guidance: C&D Handling Facilities, May 2013
This guidance clarifies the waste ban requirements for constructions and demolition (C&D) debris handling facilities and provides guidance on approaches that MassDEP considers acceptable for complying with them.
- Massachusetts Waste Disposal Bans
A number of easy-to-recycle and toxic materials are banned from disposal in Massachusetts combustion facilities and landfills.