Automotive & Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous Waste Generation, Accumulation & Labeling
Before generating, accumulating, or shipping any quantity of hazardous waste or waste oil, you must either register as a generator with MassDEP or notify the agency of your hazardous waste activities.
Hazardous Waste Transportation
Except when recycling spent solvents on-site or burning used oil in an approved space heater, you need to hire a Massachusetts-licensed hazardous waste transporter.
Waste & Recycling Policies & Guidance
How to comply with MassDEP hazardous and solid waste management regulations.
Best Management Practices: Waste Oil, Used Oil Filters & Waste Oil Space Heaters
It is important to manage waste oil from end-of-life vehicles in a way that protects the environment.
Safe Handling of Waste Oil for Burning in Space Heaters
This form of energy recovery is quite common, but must be done carefully.
Best Management Practices: Waste Tires
Why waste tire piles are a problem and how to manage them.
Fluorescent Lamp Management for Businesses & Institutions
Spent and broken fluorescent lamps need to be handled carefully because they contain small amounts of mercury.
Managing Spent "High Flash" Mineral Spirits & Petroleum Naphtha Wastes
When degreasing agents are no longer effective at cleaning metal surfaces, they become wastes and need to be managed appropriately.
Floor Drains (Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Wells) & Wastewater Management
Note: Unless they discharge to municipal sewers or approved industrial wastewater holding tanks ("tight tanks"), floor drains must be closed. Even allowable floor drains require state or local approval and generally need to be equipped with oil/water separators. For more information, contact MassDEP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Industrial Wastewater Holding Tanks
Owner/operators of holding tanks, mobile tanks and containers used for non-hazardous, non-sanitary wastewater need to file one-time certifications.
- Sewer Discharge Permits:
Contact the Appropriate Municipal or Regional Sewer Department or Authority
- Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Wells
Federal compliance information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Motor Vehicle Inspections
Massachusetts Vehicle Check
Official web site of the state's motor vehicle safety inspection and emissions testing program, including information for inspection stations and registered emissions repair shops.
Fuel Storage & Dispensing
Stage II Vapor Recovery
Notification and certification forms and instructions for gas station and fleet fueling facility owner/operators and Stage II system testing companies.
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
Owners/operators are required to routinely check and maintain their USTs and piping, and to have these systems inspected by MassDEP-approved third parties once every three years.
Paint Spray Booths
310 CMR 7.00: Air Pollution Control Regulations
Specifically see Sections 7.03(16) & 7.18(28)
Guidelines for Compliant Spray Booth Operations
Developed by the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance & Technology (OTA)
- Summary of Paint Stripping & Miscellaneous Surface Coating Rules
Federal requirements enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Spills & Releases
Report a Spill, Environmental Violation or Illegal Dumping
As soon as you become aware of or suspect a release of oil or hazardous materials to the environment, please notify your local fire department and MassDEP.