Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Waste Reduction Programs
One Winter Street - 6th Floor,
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: (617) 292-5500
NERC Board Member Representative
Greg Cooper, Deputy Director - Consumer Programs
Tel: (617) 292-5988; Fax: (617) 292-5778
The Waste Reduction Programs are part of the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Waste Prevention (BWP). The Municipal Branch works with municipalities, schools, and the general public to achieve solid waste reduction goals through source reduction, toxicity reduction, recycling, and composting programs. The Commercial Branch works to promote source reduction, recycling, composting, construction and demolition recycling, market development and environmentally preferable procurement in the commercial sector through technical and financial assistance and regulatory strategies.
In its Final 2010-2020 Solid Waste Master Plan: A Pathway to Zero Waste, Massachusetts outlines its goals, policies, and strategies for solid waste management. The plan focuses on reducing the quantity and toxicity of waste, so that the irreducible minimum is disposed, and establishes a framework to ensure that remaining waste is managed safely.