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
- 310 CMR 19.000: Solid Waste Management Facility Regulations
See Section 19.017: Waste Bans
- 310 CMR 19.000: Final Commercial Organic Material Waste Ban Amendments, January 2014
Commercial Organic Materials Waste Ban Guidance for Businesses, Institutions & Haulers, January 2014
Compliance information for businesses and institutions that dispose of one ton or more of organic material per week.
- Waste & Recycling Policies & Guidance
Documents interpreting MassDEP regulations and how to comply with them.
Compliance Assistance for Generators of Waste
- Your Business & The Waste Bans: What You Need to Know, January 2014
- Your Municipality & the Waste Bans: Compliance Guide for Towns & Cities, January 2014
- Property Managers & the Waste Bans: What You Need to Know, January 2014
- Electronics Recycling
Recycle obsolete or unwanted cell and smart phones, computers and monitors, televisions, DVD and MP3 players, pagers, PDAs and other devices.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Construction & Demolition Materials Waste Bans
- Commercial Organic Materials Waste Ban Guidance for Businesses, Institutions & Haulers, January 2014
Compliance Assistance for Waste Haulers
Compliance Assistance for Solid Waste Facility Operators
- Waste Ban Guidance for Operators of Solid Waste Facilities, March 2011
- Attachments A-F: Inspection Sheet, Sample Letters, Suggested Signage
- Attachment G: Compliance Plan Form for Facility Operators
Gypsum Wallboard Waste Ban Compliance Guidance for Construction & Demolition Handling Facilities, May 2013
This guidance clarifies the waste ban requirements for C&D handling facilities and provides guidance on approaches that MassDEP considers acceptable for complying with them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.