This state resource locator contains information on the beneficial use of industrial byproducts for the state of California. Also included are EPA and private industry resources.
California Beneficial Use Policy
California does not have a formal system in place to address beneficial reuse activities. However, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), has established a "Tiered Regulatory Structure" to provide a level of regulatory oversight commensurate with the impacts associated with a solid waste handling or disposal activity. An applicant can petition the CIWMB to reclassify the reuse project as a nonpermit activity requiring less regulatory review.
Applicable California Agency/Division
California Natural Resource Agency, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is the California State agency that promotes waste reduction and recycling
California Definition of Beneficial Use
California regulations address the recycling/reuse of RCRA wastes and additional materials classified by the State as hazardous wastes ("non-RCRA hazardous wastes"), and outline provisions for reusing these wastes as a material in manufacturing.
More California Information
- The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) 2006 Beneficial Use Survey Report (11/2007). ASTSWMO’s Solid Waste Subcommittee established the Beneficial Use Task Force (Task Force) to study how States are managing requests to use non-hazardous, industrial solid wastes rather than dispose of them in landfills. The Task Force’s primary goal is to collect and share information that will assist States and Territories in developing or improving programs and processes to handle these requests.
- Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Services. AGC provides environmental information, networking opportunities and effective advocacy for construction professionals. AGC publishes on-point articles and fact sheets on key environmental actions, deadlines, requirements and initiatives that may impact the construction industry. AGC organizes an annual Contractors Environmental Conference and holds educational webinars on hot topics. In addition, AGC regularly disseminates environmental news via social media on Twitter (@AGCEnvironment). AGC sponsors and contributes to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center, which is the association’s “go-to” resource on federal and state environmental requirements that affect construction activities. AGC advocates on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas. AGC invites its members to join its Environmental Forum to stay informed, connect and take action on critical issues.
- U.S. EPA Industrial Materials Recycling Program. EPA provides information on the environmentally protective recycling and beneficial use of industrial materials.
- Northeast Waste Management Officials Beneficial Use Determination Database. A password-protected tool for state environmental regulators, this national database contains a compilation of approved state beneficial use determinations (BUDs).
- Industrial Resources Council. The Industrial Resources Council’s website is an information portal to help project designers, engineers, landscapers and other professionals achieve sustainability goals. Information is provided for the following wastes types: coal combustion products, foundry sands and slags, iron and steel slag, C&D materials, scrape tires, and pulp and paper industry materials.
- Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA). CMRA promotes the safe and economically feasible recycling of the more than 325 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the United States annually. Use their locator tool to find a recycler in your state.
Last update: 1/1/2014