Massachusetts Recycling regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste recycling: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.200 to 30.298

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Applicability: 310 CMR 30.201

Permits: 310 CMR 30.204 to 30.206

Permit general conditions: 310 CMR 30.205 and 310 CMR 30.206

Offsite recyclables: 310 CMR 30.206

Recyclable material classes: 310 CMR 30.210 to 30.214

Class A: 310 CMR 30.212 and 310 CMR 30.220 to 30.225

Class B: 310 CMR 30.213 and 310 CMR 30.230 to 30.280

Class C: 310 CMR 30.214 and 310 CMR 30.290 to 30.298

Storage: 310 CMR 30.205(19)

Lead-acid batteries: 310 CMR 30.280

Mercury: Mercury Management Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 21H, Sections 6A to 6N, and 310 CMR 73.01 to 75.08

Solid waste recycling:

Bottle recycling: 301 CMR 4.01 to 4.09

Cathode-ray tube (CRT) recycling: 310 CMR 19.017

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts's rules for hazardous waste recycling are more stringent than the federal rules. The state rules include extensive requirements for classifying recyclable materials and recycling facility permits. All aspects of hazardous waste recycling, including transportation, are regulated. See the state section USED OIL MANAGEMENT for generator recycling permit requirements.

Massachusetts's solid waste regulations require solid waste facilities to provide for recycling or composting. In addition, the state promotes the recycling of solid waste through the imposition of disposal and incineration bans. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.

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