Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert

Special Solid Waste Edition

Commercial Organics Ban Takes Effect in Massachusetts

The Commercial Organics Ban, which took effect on October 1, 2014, is the latest effort by MassDEP to achieve the state’s solid waste management goal of reducing waste disposal by 30% by 2020.  MassDEP estimates that organics – i.e., food waste, compostable paper, and other organics – make up 25% of the state’s solid waste stream.

MassDEP Rolls Out Third-Party Inspection Program Beginning January 1, 2015

MassDEP’s 2014 reforms to the solid waste regulations include new requirements for third-party inspections of solid waste facilities. These changes reflect an effort by MassDEP to privatize the inspection and policing function, shift costs to the private sector to reduce MassDEP costs, standardize inspection frequencies, adopt performance standards, and require consistent reporting. These new requirements take effect on January 1, 2015.

More Waste Ban Inspectors = More Violations and Enforcement Actions

The addition of waste ban inspectors by MassDEP in October 2013 has dramatically increased the number of waste ban violations issued by MassDEP. In the first nine months of 2013 prior to bulking up the waste ban inspector ranks, MassDEP reported that it issued just 18 waste ban violations. In the 12 months since adding inspectors, MassDEP reported a staggering 201 enforcement actions resulting from more than 180 waste ban inspections.

Continuing Efforts to Ban Single-Use Plastic Carrier Bags in Massachusetts and Beyond

Over the last several years, a number of municipalities across the nation have passed ordinances imposing bans, fees, and/or taxes on single-use plastic carrier bags distributed by retailers. In the most recent 188th legislative session, Massachusetts legislators sought, and failed, to pass the first statewide ban on plastic bags.

MassDEP Explores Suitability of Soil for Use in Reclamation of Quarries, Sand Pits, and Gravel Pits

As part of the fiscal year 2015 budget, MassDEP has been charged by the legislature to determine what soils should be used as fill material for reclamation of quarries, sand pits and gravel pits by June 30, 2015.

Massachusetts Town Prohibits Use, Import and Transportation of Moderately Contaminated Soils

Cleanup of contaminated sites just became a lot more difficult in the Town of Dartmouth. In April 2014, the Dartmouth Board of Health enacted a regulation prohibiting anyone from importing or using certain moderately contaminated soils in the town or transporting such soil through the town.

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Super Lawyers Recognizes Wellesley Office Attorneys

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. proudly announces that the Super Lawyers rating service recognized four attorneys resident in the Firm's Wellesley office as being among the top lawyers in their fields of practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list includes:

Beveridge & Diamond Launches EnviroStructure

Beveridge & Diamond proudly announces the launch of its new blog, EnviroStructure

EnviroStructure will serve as a forum to discuss environmental and natural resources laws, trends, policies and decisions impacting infrastructure development.  We invite you to subscribe to the blog via RSS feed or e-mail.


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