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 (effective July 1, 2011)
- 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
- 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, March 2012
- Your Municipality & the Waste Bans: Compliance Guide for Towns & Cities, November 2011
- Property Managers & the Waste Bans: What You Need to Know
- 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
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.