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 Food Waste (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

Solid Waste Facility Third-Party Inspections & Inspectors

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.