Waste remediation trends in Massachusetts (2011-2013)

Site cleanup efforts within Massachusetts over the past three years have relied more on remediation waste processing facilities outside the Commonwealth. According to filings with the MassDEP from 2011 to 2013 the proportion of shipments going outside Massachusetts went from 39% to 47%.


The proportion of constituents and contaminants processed out-of-state increased for all categories except PCBs and VOCs.



Looking at a sampling of soil-based remediation waste that was electronically attested and quantified by the receiving facility, 63% of submissions, a significant difference in quantity is observed between 2012 and 2013. In 2012 230,000 tons of contaminated soil was processed in MA while a little over 200,000 tons was processed outside MA. In 2013, soil processed in MA dropped to 137,000 tons while it increased to 230,000 tons outside MA.


What factors are influencing these trends? Regulations?  Economics?

Are these trends continuing? What role do LSPs, transporters, processing facilities and PRPs play?

If you have questions about the data or the analysis, please contact me or leave a comment below.

Special thanks to the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup for making the Bill of Lading data available for analysis.

[Update 5/7/2014: Added clarification to first paragraph: Statistics are based on frequency of mention, not quantity of material.]

2 thoughts on “Waste remediation trends in Massachusetts (2011-2013)

  1. Significant amounts of soil may be removed from sites in the course of development so the trends in quantities may have more to do with the economic climate for development than there being a necessity to remove contaminated soils for risk reduction.

  2. @Andy – Makes sense! Less building leads to a reduction in the amount of soil needing to be moved.

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