Recycling Dos and Don’ts

Waste-Ban/Single Stream Recycling Blog

Are you aware of your business’s responsibility on Waste Bans? Waste Bans are restrictions on the disposal, transfer for disposal, and contracting for disposal of certain hazardous and recyclable items at solid waste facilities in Massachusetts. They are designed for many reasons; keeping certain toxic substances or materials from affecting our landfill, conserve capacity at disposal facilities, and minimize the need for new facility construction. They also consistently provide large volumes of material at recycling markets and promote business and residential recycling efforts.

Businesses and waste haulers like Mitrano Removal Service LLC are responsible for ensuring they do not dispose or contract disposal of banned items. Facility operators are responsible for disposal or transferred disposal from their facilities. These operators visually monitor all loads as well as conduct random inspections of waste loads. Mass DEP also conducts inspections at waste facilities to identify haulers and generators (municipalities, businesses, etc.) that do not divert banned materials. Those businesses run penalty risks from Mass DEP. Mitrano Removal Service makes their customers aware of any concerns when they first become a customer and if we are made aware by a local waste facility that a violation has been made by a customer.

What is banned?

Recyclable Paper/Glass Containers/Metal/Single Polymer Plastics

Batteries/Lead/Acid used in motor vehicles or stationary applications

Whole Tires/Fluorescent Light Bulbs/Motor Oil/Liquid Paint



Leaves and Yard Waste/ Food Waste

White Goods Appliances employing electricity, oil, natural gas

Cathode Ray Tubes or liquefied petroleum gas.

Any intact broken, or processed Glass tubes used to provide visual LED display in televisions, computer monitors & certain scientific instruments such as oscilloscopes.

Mitrano Removal Service offers Single Stream Recycling, a program that combines many recyclable items into one container. Reducing the need to sort into multiple containers makes recycling easier, reduces contamination, and yields better results.


Cardboard Cardstock Paper/ Post It Notes

Office paper Envelopes (including windows)

Magazines & Newspapers File Folders

Junk Mail Computer Paper

Food Containers Aluminum & Tin Cans

Glass Bottles & Jars Plastic Bottles #1, #2