Textiles and mattresses will be added to Massachusetts’ solid waste ban starting November 1st. This is part of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan where the goal is to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent (from 5.7 million tons in 2018 to 4 million tons in 2030) over the next decade.
In order to reach the long-term goal of achieving a 90 percent reduction in disposal to 570,000 tons by 2050 mattresses, box springs and textiles will be added to the list of materials banned from disposal or transport for disposal in Massachusetts. This means that textiles and mattresses will no longer be able to go in the regular trash and instead will have to be recycled.
In addition, they are lowering the threshold on commercial organic/food waste to facilities generating more than one-half ton of these materials per week.