Permit Fact Sheet
- What is the purpose of this permit?
This permit authorizes and sets conditions for persons wishing to recycle hazardous waste rather than disposing of it or having it treated. At the same time, these permits are designed to protect public health and the environment by ensuring that recycling is conducted in a sound manner.
Legislative authority for these permits is stated in MGL Chapter 21C, section 4. Regulatory authority is found at 310 CMR 30.200.
- Who must apply?
Generators shipping Class A regulated recyclable materials to another site for recycling and facilities recycling Class A regulated, recyclable materials received from generators.
Class A regulated recyclable materials covered by this application include:
Used or reused as an ingredient in a process to make a product, without reclamation.
Used or reused as a substitute for a commercial product.
Industrial ethyl alcohol.
Hazardous scrap metal.
Characteristic sludge being reclaimed.
Characteristic byproduct being reclaimed.
Unused commercial product being reclaimed.
Waste oil recycled in some other manner than being burned for energy recovery (if recycled at the site of generation, only a notification is required).
Specification used oil fuel burned for energy recovery.
The most common categories of Class A recyclable materials sent off-site for recycling (Level I) include:
Solder dross for recovery of lead.
Corrosives reused for pH adjustment.
Spent mineral spirits reused as degreasing agents.
The most common categories of Class A recyclable materials received for recycling from off-site (Level III):
Specification used oil fuel burned for energy recovery in commercial/industrial boilers.
Soil-contaminated soil for use as an ingredient in the production of asphalt at asphalt batching plants.
Please consult the "Guide to Determining the Level and Class of a Recycling Activity" included in this kit to determine the appropriate application category. The permit category BWP HW 21 is now used for all Class A Hazardous Waste recycling activities formerly permitted under BWP HW 01. The permit category BWP HW 22 is now used for all Class B Hazardous Waste recycling activities formerly permitted under BWP HW 01.
- What other requirements should be considered when applying for this permit?
a. What prerequisites should be considered when applying for this permit?
The applicant must have either an EPA Identification Number or a MassDEP-assigned number. If your company does not have an EPA Identification Number, you may obtain one by filing the Massachusetts SQG/LQG Notification of Hazardous Waste Activity Form. If your company needs a MassDEP-assigned number, download a MassDEP Hazardous Waste Generator Registration Form, complete the form, and mail it to Hazardous Waste Notifications, MassDEP/BWP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. Both forms can be found on the Hazardous Waste Forms page.
If you have other hazardous waste questions, call the Compliance Assistance Line at 617-292-5898.
b. What concurrent applications are related to this permit?
Some recycling activities may require additional permits from the Department. For example, air or water permits may be required if recycling involves potential discharges to the environment.
Note: These additional requirements are intended to serve as a guide to the applicant. It does not necessarily include all additional requirements.
- What is the application fee?
See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What is the Primary Permit Location? What is the Reserve Copy Location?
Primary Permit Location:
Department of Environmental Protection
__________* Regional Office
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Reserve Permit Location:
- Where can I get a copy of the timelines?
See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
- What is the annual compliance fee?
There is no annual compliance fee for Class A Level I recycling permits.
- How long is this permit in effect?
Recycling permits are generally issued for five years. In some cases, however, MassDEP may issue a permit for less than five years. For example, sometimes recycling involves a new technology. MassDEP can determine that more frequent permit review is necessary in these instances.
- How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?
a. Be sure to sign the application form.
b. Enter the correct EPA identification number on the application form.
c, Indicate precisely the type and model of any equipment used in recycling.
d. Indicate precisely the type of material that will be recycled, including its waste code as listed in 310 CMR 30.120 through 30.136.
e. If the recycling process requires an air quality control permit, include a copy of the air quality permit with the recycling permit application.
f. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211
- What are the regulations that apply to this permit? Where can I get copies?
These regulations include, but are not limited to:
a. Hazardous Waste Regulations, 310 CMR 30.000
b. Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00
These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore