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 (MCDs) and thermostats:

Definitions and applicability: 310 CMR 30.1010, 310 CMR 30.1020(3), and 310 CMR 30.1020(4)

Management of MCDs and thermostats: 310 CMR 30.1034(4) and 310 CMR 30.1044(4)

Mercury-containing lamps:

Definitions and applicability: 310 CMR 30.1010 and 310 CMR 30.1020(5)

Management of 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 national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. While in most respects the Massachusetts 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" (MCDs) under the state universal waste rules. In addition, Massachusetts imposes stricter requirements on transporters holding universal wastes at transfer facilities and on both small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs) in connection with notification of universal waste activities to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Administration and enforcement. DEP's ...


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