1. Instructions: BWP HW 22, 23, 25, 12 doc format of Hazardous Waste/Precious Metals Recycling Application
pdf format of Hazardous Waste & Precious Metals Recycling Instruction

  2. Forms: BWP HW 22, 23, 25, 12 doc format of Hazardous Waste & Precious Metals Recycling Application
pdf format of Hazardous Waste & Precious Metals Recycling Application

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of these permits?

    These permits authorize and set 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.

    There are three levels of recycling permits based on the complexity of the processes and the resources required to review them. See the chart included in this kit for a description of the permit levels.

    Legislative authority for these permits is stated in MGL Chapter 21 C, section 4. Regulatory authority is found at 310 CMR 30.200.

  2. Who must apply?
    Any person who wishes to recycle hazardous waste must apply for a recycling permit, including waste oil, which is considered a hazardous waste in Massachusetts. Apply for the appropriate permit based on the situations described below.

    BWP HW 22: 
    1. A person who wishes to be a generator/marketer of off-specification used oil fuel generated on site by selling or otherwise transferring such fuel for burning. [See 310 CMR 30.261, 30.264 and 30.213(3)].
    2. A person who wishes to recycle Class B(1) regulated recyclable material. [See 310 CMR 30.232 and 30.213(1)].
    3. A person wishing to accumulate for recycling Class B(4) regulated recyclable materials listed in 310 CMR 30.131 or 30.132, or that are characteristic for D011 [silver] pursuant to 310 CMR 30.125(B), and that have economically recoverable quantity of precious metals. [See 310 CMR 30.273 and 30.213(4)].

       BWP HW 23:

    1. A person who wishes to burn Class B(2) hazardous waste fuel at the site of generation for the production of heat or power by burning. [See 310 CMR 30.247 and 30.213(2)].
    2. A person who intends to burn Class B(3) off-specification used oil fuel that is generated at the site of burning in a fossil fuel utilization facility in amounts less than 100,000 gallons per year. Also, a person who burns, or receives and intends to burn off-specification used oil fuel not generated at the site of burning, and blended at the site of burning in amounts less than 100,000 gallons per year. [See 310 CMR 30.260(3), 30.260(4) and 30.213(3)].
    3. A person who wishes to operate a transfer station to receive and store Class B(4) regulated recyclable materials. [See 310 CMR 30.010, 30.277 and 30.213(4)].

BWP HW 25:

    1. A person who wishes to recycle Class A regulated recyclable materials described in 310 CMR 30.212(3), (5) through (8), or (11) allowing applicants to accept for recycling such materials generated off the site of generation. [See 310 CMR 30.224 and 30.212].
    2. A person who is a marketer who receives only specification used oil fuels from off the site of generation as described in 310 CMR 30.260(2), and who sells or transfers such oils to other persons who burn such fuels for energy recovery. [See 310 CMR 30.260(2) and 30.213(3)].
    3. A person who is a generator of Class B(3) off-specification used oil fuel who burns such fuel oil at the site of generation Class (B3) in a fossil fuel utilization facility in amounts equal to or greater than 100,000 gallons per year. Also, a person who burns off-specification used oil fuel not generated at the site of burning, and blended at the site of burning in compliance with 310 CMR 30.251 (3) in amounts equal to or greater than 100,000 gallons per year. [See 310 CMR 30.260(3)and(4), 310 CMR 30.213(3) and 30.251(3)].
    4. A person wishing to recycle Class C regulated recyclable materials as described in 310 CMR 30.214. [See 310 CMR 30.290 and 30.214].


BWP HW 12:

    1. A person wishing to recycle Class B(4) regulated recyclable material as described in 310 CMR 30.213(4), at the site of generation or receive and store such materials not generated at the site of storage. [See 310 CMR 30.277, 30.276, and 30.213(4)].
  1. What other requirements should be considered when applying for these permits?
    1. What prerequisites should be considered before applying for these permits?

      The applicant must have either an EPA identification number or a MassDEP-assigned number. To obtain an identification number, call 1-800-462-0444 from area codes 413 and 508, or 617-338-2255 from area code 617 and out of state. If you have other hazardous waste questions, call the Compliance Assistance Line at 617-292- 5898.
    2. b. What concurrent applications are related to these permits?

      Some recycling activities may require additional permits from MassDEP. 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.
  1. What is the application fee?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

  2. What is the Primary Permit Location?

    Primary Permit Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection None.
    Hazardous Materials

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    What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Reserve Copy Location:
    None

  3. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

  4. What is the annual compliance fee?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

    If you fail to pay an annual compliance fee, your permit could be suspended or revoked.

  5. How long are these permits 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.

  6. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for these permits?
    1. Be sure to sign the application form.
    2. Enter the correct EPA identification number on the application form.
    3. Indicate precisely the type and model of any equipment used in recycling.
    4. Indicate precisely the type of material that will be recycled, including its waste code as listed in 310 CMR 30.120 through 30.136.
    5. If the recycling process requires an air quality control permit, include a copy of the air quality permit with the recycling permit application.
    6. Submit fee and one copy of the MassDEP Transmittal Form to: Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 4062, Boston, MA 02211.

  1. What are the regulations that apply to these permits?  Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    1. Hazardous Waste Regulations, 310 CMR 30.000.
    2. 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