SW 36, 37: Landfill Post-Closure Use Permit

Anyone intending to use a solid waste landfill for another purpose after the site is closed and capped needs to obtain this permit from MassDEP.

Contact

MassDEP Regional Solid Waste Section Chiefs

Phone

MassDEP Central Region: Jim McQuade 508-767-2759
MassDEP Northeast Region: Mark Fairbrother 978-694-3298
MassDEP Southeast Region: Mark Dakers 508-946-2847
MassDEP Western Region: Dan Hall 413-755-2212

The Details

What you need

Closed and capped landfills can be good locations for:

  • Developing passive recreation areas such as parks or biking/hiking trails, or

  • Installing solar panels or wind turbines that generate clean, renewable electricity.

MassDEP needs to be sure it is safe to establish and operate the proposed facility on a closed landfill. The agency's goal is to prevent:

  • Damage to the landfill cover and liner, and

  • Harm to people and the environment.

You should schedule a pre-application meeting with MassDEP before you proceed. This will clarify the process for you and better acquaint agency staff with your project.

How to apply

See details below.

Next steps

  1. Review the Instructions

    Guidance on how to prepare your application, including a completeness checklist.

  2. Complete the Application Form

    You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word form on your computer. The PDF version has to be printed out and completed by hand.

  3. Obtain a Transmittal Form & Number

    A unique Transmittal Number is needed for each application you submit to MassDEP.

  4. Find Your MassDEP Region

    You'll need to submit your application to the regional office covering the community where the facility is located.

  5. Mail Your Application & Fee Payment

    Submit your completed, signed application and your original Transmittal Form to:

    MassDEP Regional Office
    Attention: Solid Waste Management

    Submit your application fee payment and a copy of your Transmittal Form to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    P. O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211

Contact

Phone

MassDEP Central Region: Jim McQuade 508-767-2759
MassDEP Northeast Region: Mark Fairbrother 978-694-3298
MassDEP Southeast Region: Mark Dakers 508-946-2847
MassDEP Western Region: Dan Hall 413-755-2212

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