• Bottle and can recycling

    Every bottle and can you recycle reduces landfill waste, litter, and the use of both renewable and non-renewable resources. Read about the proposed expanded bottle bill, which if passed will provide the same .05 refundable deposit on bottles holding juices, coffee-flavored drinks, and sports drinks -- not just carbonated sodas, beer and malt beverages. Also, find a Beverage Container Redemption Center, learn how to register a Center, and more.
  • Collection centers for hazardous household products

    Looking for a DEP (Department of Environmental Protection)-approved collection center in Massachusetts for hazardous household products? They're listed here, along with contact information.
  • Electronics recycling

    Unwanted consumer electronics -- cell and smart phones, computers and monitors, televisions, DVD and MP3 players, pagers, PDAs, and other devices -- are the fastest-growing category of waste in Massachusetts. Still-useful items can be donated to others, but non-working electronics should be recycled to prevent lead, mercury, and other toxics they contain from posing health and environmental risks after disposal. Explore these donation and reuse options, such as Goodwill Industries, drop-off and mail-in programs through companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Costco, and Staples, and other programs and resources such as Earth 911 and eBay ReThink for recycling electronic waste.
  • Environmental resources and issues by community

    From wetlands to hazardous waste sites, communities across the state are working to safeguard health, foster sustainability and keep public spaces clean and litter-free. Select your town from the menu below, enter your ZIP Code, or use the clickable map to learn about the environmental resources and issues in your community.
  • Household hazardous wastes

    Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste or HHW. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. From automotive oil to pharmaceuticals and personal care products, you'll find links to websites and a wide variety of products and programs to help you manage HHW. Plus, a listing of Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.
  • Lead paint

    Lead-based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. In children, lead poisoning can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. Learn more about the hazards of lead paint, how to handle lead paint items, and how to manage disposal.
  • Recycling topics and information

    Here you'll find important information for individuals, municipalities, and businesses on waste and recycling priorities and results; solid waste facilities; hazardous waste management; recycling laws and rules; permits, reporting and fines; compliance assistance and more.
  • Reuse and recycling centers: Earth 911

    Here you'll find Earth 911, the most most complete directory of local recycling and proper disposal options for businesses and consumers. Learn what you can and can't recycle, check out articles on the topics such as how to beat the heat without AC, and more.
  • Supermarket recycling

    Recycling and composting organics and other waste materials is good both for the environment and for business. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA), through a Memorandum of Understanding, have partnered to establish a voluntary Supermarket Recycling Program Certification that encourages supermarkets to develop sustainable programs for recycling and reusing organics and other materials. Get program certification details, answers to frequently asked questions, and information on Supermarket Organics Recycling in Massachusetts.
  • Waste and recycling

    Discover recycling resources for kids and teachers, including fun recycling activity sheets; find mercury recycling drop-off locations; learn what you can do with surplus material; locate a bottle and can redemption center near you, and more.
  • Waste Management

    When you recycle the products you use every day, like cardboard boxes, milk jugs, and soda cans, you give new life to items that used to be thrown away, saving energy and helping lower greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Learn more about what you can do.
  • Wastewater, septic, and sewer systems

    Many areas in Massachusetts do not have sewer systems and must depend on individual septic systems for disposal of household wastewater. The owners of homes with septic systems are responsible for their maintenance. If you don't maintain your septic system properly and ensure stormwater drains in your neighborhood are unclogged, you'll be sorry. Find out why, here.
  • Water conservation

    Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water and save energy. Get tips on conserving water indoors and outdoors, including using rain barrels and reclaiming wastewater for reuse. Plus find instructions for community water suppliers on the best way to educate the public about water conservation. Also, find out which Massachusetts towns/cities have implemented drought advisories and water use restrictions.