Chapter 190 of the Acts of 2006, amending M.G.L. Chapter 21H, requires end-of-life recycling of mercury-containing products; prohibits disposal of mercury in trash and wastewater; bans the sale of specific products containing mercury; directs schools and state government to stop purchasing mercury-containing items; establishes a program for removing mercury switches from vehicles; and requires manufacturers both to notify the state of products with mercury content and to establish collection and recycling programs.
Mercury Management Act (MMA)
- Massachusetts Mercury Management Act
Chapter 190 of the Acts of 2006 (amending M.G.L. Chapter 21H) requires end-of-life recycling of mercury-containing products, and bans the sale of some specific mercury products in Massachusetts. Manufacturers must notify the state of products with mercury content and establish collection and recycling programs. Makers of mercury-added lamps are not required to collect and recycle spent bulbs, but must educate the public about the need to recycle them. If specific lamp recycling targets are not met, lamp manufacturers must also make payments to a state-managed fund that would support municipal collection and recycling.
- Summary of the Mercury Management Act
MassDEP fact sheet explaining the law's requirements.
- Prohibition on Disposal of Mercury-Containing Products
Answers to common questions about the disposal ban provisions of the Mercury Management Act.
Regulations & Policies Implementing the MMA
- Final Mercury-Added Product Phase 1 Regulations
Amendments to 310 CMR 70.00 and new chapters 310 CMR 74.00 and 310 CMR 75.00 implementing provisions of the Massachusetts Mercury Management Act that call for removal of mercury-added vehicle switches and collection/recycling of mercury-added lamps and other products.
- Final Mercury-Added Product Phase 2 Regulations
Amendments to 310 CMR 19.00, 310 CMR 74.00 and 310 CMR 75.00 and new regulations at 310 CMR 76.00 implementing provisions of the Massachusetts Mercury Management Act that impose sales bans, labeling requirements and disposal prohibitions.
- 310 CMR 74.00: Removal & Recycling of Mercury-Added Vehicle Component Regulations
Regulations that prohibit the sale of mercury-added vehicle switches, require removal of switches and other mercury-added components before vehicles are crushed or shredded, and require compliance certifications.
- 310 CMR 75.00: Mercury-Added Product Collection, Recycling, Labeling & Sales Ban Regulations
Regulations that prohibit the sale of mercury-added products and lamps in Massachusetts unless manufacturers provide for collection and recycling of end-of-life products.
- 310 CMR 76.00: Mercury-Added Product Disposal Ban Regulations
Regulations that prohibit the disposal of mercury-added products in any manner other than recycling, disposing as hazardous waste or alternative method approved by MassDEP.
- Guidance for Solid Waste Facility Operators: Handling Products Containing Mercury
Massachusetts solid waste facilities are required to separate end-of-life mercury-added products from the waste stream, store them separately, and ensure they are appropriately recycled.
Industry Reporting & Compliance
- Mercury-Added Product Management Reporting Forms
Certification forms and instructions for manufacturers of mercury-added lamps and products, and for vehicle manufacturers, recyclers and scrap facilities that install or handle mercury switches.
- Changes in Mercury-Added Lamp Manufacturer Requirements
Please Note: The mercury lamp provisions of the Massachusetts Mercury Management Act were amended in July 2014. As a result, mercury lamp manufacturers are no longer required to submit annual certifications to MassDEP. Follow this link for additional information.
- IMERC: Product Notification & Update Forms
Manufacturers of mercury-added products that are sold, offered for sale, or distributed in Massachusetts must notify the state of their product(s). Forms are available from the Interstate Mercury Education & Recycling Clearinghouse (IMERC).
- Fact Sheet: Manufacturer Collection & Recycling Plans for Mercury-Added Products
In most cases, a mercury-added product can be sold, offered for sale or distributed in Massachusetts only after the manufacturer has filed a Collection and Recycling Plan (Plan) with MassDEP. The manufacturer must also also certify annually that it is implementing the plan, and report on the results.
- Mercury-Added Product Collection Programs
Table of companies that have filed Mercury-Added Product Collection and Recycling Plans with MassDEP as required under The Mercury Management Act regulations 310 CMR 75.04(6).
- Mercury Management for Vehicle Recyclers, Scrap Recycling Facilities & Mobile Crushers
MassDEP fact sheet summarizing Mercury Management Act end-of-life vehicle recycling requirements.
- End of Life Vehicle Solutions (ELVS)
A number of vehicle manufacturers have established this organization to implement a mercury switch collection and recycling program in Massachusetts.
- ELVS Mercury Switch Management Plan & MassDEP Approval Including the ELVS model for estimating the population of mercury convenience light switches. September 2006.
- MassDEP Determinations of ELVS Mercury Vehicle Switch Capture Rate for Calendar Year 2011
- MassDEP Determination of ELVS Mercury Vehicle Switch Capture Rate for Calendar Year 2009
- MassDEP Determination of ELVS Mercury Vehicle Switch Capture Rate for Calendar Year 2007
Other State & Regional Mercury Initiatives
- Massachusetts Zero Mercury Strategy Issued by the Massachusetts Mercury Task Force in 2000, this plan calls for the virtual elimination of mercury use and releases across the state.
- New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Mercury Action Plan Issued in 1998, this plan called for mercury emissions reductions of at least 50 percent by 2003.
- 2001 Municipal Waste Combustor Amendments Revisions to the 1998 rule at 310 CMR 7.08(2) set a mercury emissions standard nearly three times more stringent than that of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Material Separation Plan Guidance for Municipal Waste Combustors
MassDEP guidance document developed to help facility operators comply with requirements that they develop plans for preventing disposal of items containing mercury.
- Material Separation Plans (MSPs)
These plans describe public education, collection programs and other efforts by municipal waste combustor operators to prevent discarded mercury-containing items from entering their facilities.
- Mercury Emissions Standards for Power Plants
MassDEP amended 310 CMR 7.29 in May 2004 to establish output-based emission limitations to reduce mercury emissions from a defined group of electric generating facilities.
- Fact Sheet: Mercury Emissions Standards for Power Plants
Summarizes the amendments to 310 CMR 7.29 that MassDEP implemented in May 2004.
- Evaluation of Technological & Economic Feasibility of Controlling & Eliminating Mercury Emissions from the Combustion of Solid Fossil Fuel file size 1MB
MassDEP report documenting the research, data and experience that prompted its decision to implement a mercury emissions standard for power plants.
- Guidance: Documenting Compliance with Mercury Limits When Discharging Industrial Wastewater to Sewers
What facilities must do to demonstrate compliance with the limit of one part per billion (1ppb) of mercury in wastewater.
- Dental Amalgam/Mercury Recycling Program
Massachusetts dental practices and clinics that place or remove amalgam fittings are required to certify annually that they have, operate and maintain amalgam separator systems to remove mercury from their wastewater discharges.
- Best Management Practices for Mercury-Containing Equipment at Public Drinking Water Systems
System operators should be aware of the potential presence of mercury in drinking water treatment and distribution equipment, and take steps to prevent leaching and spills.
- Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)
A source of technical assistance to states that have enacted mercury education and reduction legislation, and to companies and consumers looking to learn more about those states' programs.
- IMERC Mercury-Added Products Database
Developed to inform consumers, recyclers and policy makers in seven states about products that contain mercury and their manufacturers.