Learn more about state and federal waste management statutes, the MassDEP regulations and standards implementing them, and policy and guidance documents detailing how to comply.
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Waste & Recycling Laws & Rules
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Federal & Massachusetts Laws
A "cradle to grave" framework for proper management of hazardous and solid wastes across the country, including generation, transportation, treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal.
Outlines state requirements for hazardous waste accumulation, transportation, treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal. Massachusetts law is sometimes more stringent than RCRA.
Establishes criteria and procedures for state and local review and approval of hazardous waste treatment, storage, recycling, and disposal facility siting and construction in Massachusetts.
Specifies requirements for building, operating, maintaining, and closing solid waste management facilities in Massachusetts, including post-closure assessment, monitoring, and cleanup.
Imposes a five-cent refundable deposit on every carbonated soft drink, beer, malt beverage, and sparkling water container sold in Massachusetts, and sets rules for bottle and can redemption.
Addresses the siting, operation, and maintenance of solid waste landfills, combustion facilities, and transfer stations in Massachusetts, including the local board of health site assignment process.
State Regulations & Standards
Implements the Massachusetts bottle deposit law, which places a five cent refundable deposit on all carbonated beverage containers sold in the state.
Establishes siting approval requirements for solid waste facilities, including landfills, combustion facilities, transfer stations, and recycling, composting, and conversion operations.
Implemented a competitive grant program, no longer funded, that formerly helped Massachusetts recycling processors and manufacturers with capital improvements and R&D investments.
Spurs pollution prevention, materials reuse, and both energy and natural resource conservation by ensuring the proper handling, transfer, processing, recycling, and disposal of solid waste.
Addresses the generation, storage, collection, transport, treatment, disposal, use, reuse and recycling of hazardous waste in Massachusetts, including dredged material.
Cross-program compliance certification requirements for boilers, dental facilities, dry cleaners, engines/turbines, printers, underground storage tanks, and more.
Applicable to all Massachusetts dental practices and facilities that generate or discharge wastewater from mercury amalgam-related processes.
Prohibits sale of mercury-added vehicle switches, requires their removal and that of other mercury components before vehicles are crushed or shredded, and requires compliance certifications.
Bans the sale of mercury-added products and lamps in Massachusetts unless manufacturers provide for collection and recycling of end-of-life products.
Prohibits the disposal of mercury-added products in any manner other than recycling, disposing as hazardous waste, or alternative methods approved by MassDEP.
Requires mercury-added thermostat makers and wholesalers to provide for collection of out-of-service units, and collected units to be properly recycled.
MassDEP Policies & Guidance
Resources developed to help you comply with the state hazardous waste management regulations that apply to your activity, business, or facility.
Documents intended to assist you in complying with the state solid waste management regulations that apply to your activity, business, or facility.
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