Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes with state provisions for mercury-containing lamps before the federal regulations added universal waste regulation of lamps in 1999. While in most respects the state regulation of lamps parallels that under the federal rules, in some ways the state rules are more stringent than their federal counterparts. Similar to the federal regulation of "mercury-containing equipment" (MCE), the state regulates "mercury-containing devices" under the state universal waste rules. In addition, Massachusetts imposes stricter requirements on transporters holding universal wastes at transfer facilities and on both small- and large-quantity handlers of universal waste in connection with notification to Massachusetts ...