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Massachusetts Waste Disposal Bans

Recycling is not optional in Massachusetts!

In 1990, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection instituted its first waste disposal ban prohibiting easy-to-recycle and toxic items from incineration or disposal in landfills. In the 25 years since, additional bans have been put into place, requiring that Massachusetts residents and commercial establishments recycle the following items:

  • Asphalt Pavement, Brick & Concrete
  • Cathode Ray Tubes
  • Clean Gypsum Wallboard
  • Commercial Food Waste (Large, Commercial Institutions Only, Effective October 1, 2014)
  • Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Glass & Metal Containers
  • Lead Acid Batteries
  • Leaves & Yard Waste
  • Recyclable Paper, Cardboard & Paperboard
  • Single Resin Narrow-Necked Plastics
  • Treated & Untreated Wood & Wood Waste (Banned from Landfills Only)
  • White Goods (Large Appliances)
  • Whole Tires (Banned from Landfills Only; Shredded Tires Acceptable)

At Massasoit, we are doing our part through our on-campus recycling and cafeteria composting programs.


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