Waste Ban Items

In 1990, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) introduced its first bans on landfilling and combustion of easy-to-recycle and toxic materials. Additional "waste bans" have been phased in over time.

The following materials and items are prohibited from disposal and/or transfer for disposal in Massachusetts:

  • Asphalt pavement, brick, and concrete
  • Cathode ray tubes (TVs and computer monitors)
  • Clean gypsum wallboard
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Leaves and yard waste
  • Recyclable paper, cardboard, and paperboard
  • Single resin narrow-necked plastics
  • Treated and untreated wood and wood waste (banned from landfills only)
  • White goods (large appliances)
  • Whole tires (banned from landfills only; shredded tires acceptable)

Since the first waste bans were introduced, Massachusetts municipalities and businesses - often supported by MassDEP grants and technical assistance - have developed new infrastructure to collect banned items and other discarded materials, and to divert them from disposal to reuse and recycling.