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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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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