MassDEP Adding New Materials to the Banned Disposal List

Announcement from Center for EcoTechnology (CET)

In an effort to reduce the volume and toxicity of trash disposed of in Massachusetts and ensure consistent volumes of materials for recycling markets, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has implemented waste bans on certain hazardous, recyclable, and compostable materials. The restrictions (or bans) on disposal began in 1990, and material types have been added over time to eliminate the most prevalent materials in the waste stream for which there are viable alternatives to disposal.

Effective November 1, 2022, the MassDEP is adding textiles and mattresses to the below list of materials that are banned from disposal, and lowering the threshold for the existing commercial organics disposal ban so that it applies to businesses and institutions generating one-half ton or more food waste per week. (Since October 1, 2014, this disposal ban has applied to businesses and institutions generating one ton or more food waste per week).