MASSDEP PROPOSES NEW WASTE BANS ON MATTRESSES, TEXTILES, AND COMMERCIAL ORGANICS

The Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”) has published draft amendments to its solid waste ban regulations at 310 CMR 19.017 that would ban the disposal of mattresses and textiles and decrease the threshold at which generators of commercial organics are banned from disposing these materials from one ton per week to one-half ton per week. The Department will hold two virtual public hearings on November 9 and November 12 and will accept written public comments on the proposed amendments through December 4, 2020. Interested parties can submit written comments by email to dep.swmp@mass.gov or via mail to John Fischer, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.  

In September 2019, MassDEP telegraphed its intention to make these changes in its Draft 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan and during past meetings of MassDEP’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, most recently on October 1, 2020. We reported on that meeting and the proposed changes to MassDEP’s site assignment regulations at 310 CMR 16.00 in our October 6, 2020 Client Advisory.

For any questions about how these regulatory changes may affect your facility, contact the attorneys at Mackie Shea Durning, P.C.

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