Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention
Department of Public Utilities (DPU)
Department of Public Health
Local boards of health
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Massachusetts requires local boards of health to permit waste haulers. Because specific requirements for transporting waste vary depending on local ordinances, the local board of health should be contacted to identify special requirements for each community in which the transporter picks up solid waste.
· Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Waste Prevention administers and enforces the solid waste rules in Massachusetts. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information. DPU issues certifications of compliance with motor carriers' regulations concerning the transportation of passengers or property for hire. Local boards of health issue permits for solid waste haulers.