This certification form will be used to satisfy the certification requirements for a General Permit for New or Newly Acquired Recycling, Composting and Aerobic or Anaerobic Digestion Operations pursuant to 310 CMR 16.04. The owner or operator will file this certification with the MassDEP Boston Office and with the local Board of Health at least thirty (30) days prior to commencing operations.
All recycling, composting, and aerobic or anaerobic digestion operations are also required to submit an annual certification by February 15 to:
MassDEP (Main Telephone: 617-292-5500)
Bureau of Waste Prevention
Attn: Solid Waste Program -16.04 General Permit Certification
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
The annual certification form will be available by January 1, 2014. For the complete text of the regulation, see: 310 CMR 16.00: Site Assignment Regulations for Solid Waste Facilities
- This certification form is only for the following types of operations that handle less than the listed maximum tonnage limits. Operations which exceed these tonnage limits may be eligible for a Recycling, Composting or Conversion (RCC) permit pursuant to 310 CMR 16.05.
|Operations Eligible for a General Permit under 310 CMR 16.04|
|Type of Operation||Maximum Material Limits|
|Aerobic or Anaerobic Digestion Operations|
- Composting Operations will meet certain limits on the amounts of material that is likely to become putrescible in order to be eligible for a General Permit. These materials are identified in 310 CMR 16.04(3) as having a carbon to nitrogen ratio of 30:1 or less, and are designated as "Group 2" materials. "Group 1" materials are organic materials with a carbon to nitrogen ration of 50:1 or more. The table below (reproduced from 310 CMR 16.04(3) Table 1) provides examples of materials in each group and may be used for reference purposes in completing this certification form.
|Examples of Organic Materials|
|Group 1 Organic Materials||Group 2 Organic Materials|
|Example Materials||C:N Ratio||Example Materials||C:N Ratio|
|Paper & Paper Products||125-850:1||Grass Clippings||17:1|
|Leaves||40-80:1||Green Plant Material||15-19:1|
|Shrub Trimmings||50:1||Solid & Liquid Digestate from Aerobic &|
Anaerobic Digestion Processes
Source: U.S. Composting Council, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Incorporating Food Residuals Into Existing yard Waste Composting Operations, p. 20. found at http://compostingcouncil.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/BMP-for-FW-to-YW.pdf
- A Responsible Official (as defined in 310 CMR 16.02) will complete this certification for the operation.
- Complete the appropriate sections of the form for your type of operation:
- Sections I-V for recycling operations.
- Sections I-IV, VI and VII for composting operations.
- Sections I-IV, VI and VII for aerobic or anaerobic digestion operations.
- Section IX (Certification) for ALL operations.
- The Responsible Official completing this certification form should make and keep a signed copy of the completed certification form for record keeping purposes.
- Remember that it is your responsibility to keep your facility in compliance with environmental protection requirements at all times. You may be subject to enforcement action if you do not comply with the standards.