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

  • Compliance Update: Extension of Solid Waste Facility Third-Party Inspector Registration Renewal Deadlines
    Due to delays in implementing the new solid waste facility third-party inspector online application process, MassDEP is extending renewal deadlines for currently registered inspectors. If your registration expired in 2016 or will expire during the first five months of 2017, you now have until June 1, 2017, to renew. MassDEP will notify you of the new online renewal procedure when the system is available. If you have questions, please contact Tom Adamczyk at 617-574-6867.
  • BWP SW 48 - Third-Party Inspector Qualifications Statement
    Anyone intending to perform third-party waste ban or operation and maintenance inspections of solid waste management facilities must submit this form.
  • List of Registered Solid Waste Facility Third-Party Inspectors - January 2017  pdf format of Registered Solid Waste Facility Third-Party Inspectors
xls format of                             Registered Solid Waste Facility Third-Party Inspectors
    Environmental professionals who have met MassDEP requirements for performing third-party waste ban or operation and maintenance inspections of solid waste management facilities.
  • Third-Party Inspection Forms: Waste Ban Compliance
    Effective January 1, 2015, all Massachusetts solid waste facilities are required by 310 CMR 19.018 to undergo periodic third-party waste ban compliance inspections.
  • Third-Party Inspection Forms: Operation & Maintenance
    Effective January 1, 2015, all Massachusetts solid waste facilities are required by 310 CMR 19.018 to undergo periodic third-party operation and maintenance inspections.
  • MassDEP Waste Ban Training
    You must attend one of these sessions and meet additional requirements to be listed by MassDEP as a qualified third-party waste ban inspector.

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.