About the Waste Bans

In 1990, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) introduced its first bans on landfilling and combustion of easy-to-recycle and toxic materials. Additional "waste bans" have been phased in over time. The following materials and items are prohibited from disposal and/or transfer for disposal in Massachusetts:

  • Asphalt Pavement, Brick & Concrete
  • Cathode Ray Tubes
  • Clean Gypsum Wallboard
  • Commercial Organic Material (Effective October 1, 2014)
  • Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Glass & Metal Containers
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Leaves & Yard Waste
  • Recyclable Paper, Cardboard & Paperboard
  • Single Resin Narrow-Necked Plastics
  • Treated & Untreated Wood & Wood Waste (Banned from Landfills Only)
  • White Goods (Large Appliances)
  • Whole Tires (Banned from Landfills Only; Shredded Tires Acceptable)

Since the first waste bans were introduced, Massachusetts municipalities and businesses - often supported by MassDEP grants and technical assistance - have developed new infrastructure to collect banned items and other discarded materials, and to divert them from disposal to reuse and recycling.

Regulations, Policies & Guidance

Compliance Assistance for Waste Haulers

Compliance Assistance for Solid Waste Facility Operators

For More Information

If you want to learn more about the waste bans or have questions about complying with them, please contact John Fischer at 617-292-5632 or john.fischer@state.ma.us.