Massachusetts Solid Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Solid waste laws and rules: Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21H; MGL, Chapter 111, Section 150A; and regulations at 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 4.00 and 310 CMR 19.001 to 19.207

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General requirements, procedures, and permits: 310 CMR 19.001 to 19.083

Landfill design and operation standards: 310 CMR 19.100 to 9.151

Transfer design and operation standards: 310 CMR 19.200 to 19.207

Facility site assignment rules: 310 CMR 16.01 to 16.99

Definitions: 310 CMR 19.006

Disposal bans: 310 CMR 19.017

Prohibited wastes:

Disposal bans: 310 CMR 19.017

Mercury: MGL Chapter 21H and 310 CMR 76.00


General requirements: 310 CMR 4.03, 310 CMR 4.04, 310 CMR 4.10, 310 CMR 16.01 to 16.99, and 310 CMR 19.028 to 19.044

Permit conditions: 310 CMR 19.043

Permit exemptions: 310 CMR 16.03 to 16.05

Closure and post-closure: 310 CMR 19.045 and CMR 19.140 to 19.143

Financial assurance:

Applicability to landfills: MGL, Chapter 44, Section 531/2 and 310 CMR 19.051

Records and reports: 310 CMR 19.009, 310 CMR 19.018(8), 310 CMR 19.130, 310 CMR 19.043(5)(g), and 310 CMR 19.050(6)

Private facility tax: MGL, Chapter 16, Section 24A and 310 CMR 19.050

Special wastes:

Overview: 310 CMR 19.061

General special waste management requirements: 310 CMR 19.061(3)(a)

Specific asbestos waste requirements: 310 CMR 19.061(3)(b)

Specific medical or biological waste requirements: 310 CMR 19.061(3)(c)

Specific sludge waste requirements: 310 CMR 19.061(3)(d)

Beneficial use of solid wastes: 310 CMR 19.006 and 310 CMR 19.060

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

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