MA Waste Ban Items

​Waste ban items are prohibited from disposal with solid waste (trash/garbage) due to their toxic nature or ability to be recycled. To improve recycling markets, increase retrieval of critical raw materials, decrease volumes going to landfills or incinerators, and protect our environment, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has listed the following as waste ban items:

  • Construction material including asphalt pavement, brick, concrete, wood and clean gypsum wallboard
  • Cathode ray tubes
  • Glass, metal and plastic containers (bottles and jars)
  • Recyclable paper, cardboard and paperboard
  • Leaves and yard clippings / waste
  • Lead acid batteries (ex. car batteries)
  • Metals (ferrous and non-ferrous)
  • Large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, and dryers (also known as white goods)
  • Whole tires (banned from landfills only; shredded tires acceptable)
  • Commercial food material (only from businesses or institutions that dispose of one ton or more per week)
Please note that many of these items cannot be put in the recycling cart. You must contact an outside source, such as Waste Management or another private hauler.

For more information, you can visit MassDEP's Waste Ban page here