Construction Waste Removal and Recycling Guidelines in MA

Contractors must abide by certain construction waste removal and recycling guidelines in MA. Information on managing construction and demolition waste is outlined by the  Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

Materials Requiring Special Handling

Certain materials require specific handling. Below is a list of the most common ones. Specific instructions can be found at the MassDEP website.

  • Asbestos
  • Asphalt Pavement and Roofing Shingles
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Carpet
  • Mercury
  • Pressure Treated Wood
  • Wood with Lead Paint

Waste Disposal Bans

The following materials are banned from landfills by the MassDEP.

  • Asphalt pavement, brick & concrete
  • Cathode ray tubes
  • Clean gypsum wallboard (effective July 1, 2011)
  • 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)

Although these are banned from landfills, other arrangements can be made to recycle or reuse these materials.

Construction Waste Removal and Recycling Guidelines in MA

It is important to understand construction waste removal and recycling guidelines in MA before beginning a project. As certain materials are removed from a construction site, they can be placed in appropriate bins based on the planned handling method. This can save significant time and energy throughout the construction process. For assistance with waste removal, contact Miller Waste Industries.