Massachusetts Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rule: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.1000 to 30.1082

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Mercury-containing devices and lamps:

Definitions: 310 CMR 30.1010

Universal waste criteria: 310 CMR 30.1020(4) to (5)

Management of mercury-containing devices: 310 CMR 30. 1034(4) and 310 CMR 30. 1044(4)

Management of mercury-containing lamps: 310 CMR 30. 1034(5) and 310 CMR 30. 1044(5)

Transporters holding universal waste at transfer facilities: 310 CMR 30.1053

Notification by large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs): 310 CMR 30.1043

Change of status request by small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs): 310 CMR 30.1033(3)

Regulatory Agency

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 Department ...

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