Chapter 21A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004
Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 20
the following new section:—
Section 21. (a) As used in this section the following words shall
have the following meanings:—
“Agency”, any state agency, state authority, state higher education
facility or state office.
“Cathode ray tubes”, any intact, broken, or processed glass tube
used to provide the visual display in televisions, computer monitors
and certain scientific instruments such as oscilloscopes.
“Court”, any trial court department, appeals court and the
supreme judicial court.
“Construction and demolition”, asphalt pavement, brick, wood,
metal and concrete from construction activities and demolition of
buildings, roads and bridges and similar sources.
“Glass Containers”, glass bottles and jars (soda-lime glass) but
excluding light bulbs, Pyrex cookware, plate glass, drinking
glasses, windows, windshields and ceramics.
“Fluorescent lamp”, an electric lamp to which the manufacturer
intentionally introduces mercury for the operation of the lamp,
including , but not limited to fluorescent, compact fluorescent,
black lights, high intensity discharge lamps, ultraviolet lamps and
“Lead Batteries”, lead-acid batteries used in motor vehicles or
“Metal Containers”, aluminum, steel or bi-metal beverage and
“Recyclable paper”, all paper, corrugated cardboard, and paperboard
products, except tissue paper, toweling, paper plates and
cups, wax-coated corrugated cardboard, and other low-grade
“Single polymer plastics”, all narrow-neck plastic containers
where the diameter of the mouth of the container is less than the
diameter of the body of the container. This includes single polymer
plastic containers labeled 1-6.
“State Sustainability Program”, State Sustainability Program
within executive office of environmental affairs.
“Tires”, a continuous solid or pneumatic rubber covering intended
for use on a motor vehicle.
“White goods”, appliances employing electricity, oil, natural
gas or liquefied petroleum gas to preserve or cook food; wash or
dry clothing, cooking or kitchen utensils or related items; or to
cool or to heat air or water, including, but not limited to, refrigerators,
freezers, air conditioners, water coolers, dishwashers, clothes
washers, clothes dryers, gas or electric ovens and ranges, and hot
water heaters. White goods do not include microwave ovens.
“Yard Waste”, deciduous and coniferous seasonal depositions,
such as leaves, grass clippings, weeds, hedge clippings, garden
materials, and brush 1 (one) inch or less in diameter (excluding
(b) By January 1, 2010, every agency and court, individually or
in conjunction with other agencies or courts, and the General
Court shall recycle the following materials: lead batteries, metal
containers, glass containers, single polymer plastics, recyclable
paper, yard waste, tires, white goods, fluorescent lamps, cathode
ray tubes or the product that contains the cathode ray tube and
construction and demolition material.
(c) The State Sustainability Program shall provide recycling
guidance to establish and implement a waste generation and recyclable
material generation reporting system for agencies, courts
and the General Court. Agencies and courts with more than 50
employees located in a state owned building and the General
Court shall be required to submit said reports. In the event an
agency or court is located in a facility where the waste management
is handled by another agency or court, the agency or court
responsible for waste management shall be responsible for submitting
said reports Said reports shall, where feasible, include, but
not be limited to the following:
(1) Tonnage of solid waste generated by the agency, court or
General Court; and
(2) Tonnage of waste recycled by agency, court or General
(3) A breakdown of the tonnage of materials in subsection (b).
Said reports shall be submitted to the State Sustainability Program
at least annually.
(d) Every lease agreement entered into by an agency or court after
the effective date of this section shall contain a provision that
requires recycling pursuant to the terms of this act, and, where feasible,
requires the landlord to report on agency or court waste generation
and recycling data pursuant to section (c) of this act.
(e) The executive office of environmental affairs may promulgate
rules and regulations regarding this act.
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