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General
This state resource locator contains information on the beneficial use of industrial byproducts for the state of Minnesota. Also included are EPA and private industry resources.

Minnesota Beneficial Use Policy
In early 2004, MPCA staff completed amendments to Minnesota Rule, Chapter 7035 pertaining to the beneficial use of solid waste. The rule revisions establish a system that will assist persons generating wastes to identify beneficial uses for those wastes rather than sending them to a landfill. Seventeen Standing Beneficial Uses were identified in the rule.

Applicable Minnesota Agency/Division
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Solid Waste Utilization. Agency staff assists waste generators interested in finding alternative beneficial uses for their wastes rather than sending them to a landfill.

Regulations

Minnesota Definition of Beneficial Use
To constitute a beneficial use in accordance with MN solid waste regulations, the following standards must be met: A . the solid waste must not be stored in anticipation of speculative future markets; B. the solid waste must be adequately characterized in accordance with part 7035.2861 of the Minnesota Administrative rules; C. the solid waste must be an effective substitute for an analogous material or a necessary ingredient in a new product; D. the use of the solid waste does not adversely impact human health or the environment; and E. the solid waste must not be used in quantities that exceed accepted engineering or commercial standards. Excess use of solid waste is not authorized by this part and is considered disposal.

Materials Approved for Beneficial Use
Below is a listing of materials and beneficial uses that have been approved either on a case-by-case or pre-approved basis. This list of pre-approved and case-by-case uses is not an exhaustive list of all materials being beneficially used in a state. Some states also may have additional materials in use under a statutory exemption or through allowances in state rules. Before implementing the beneficial use of any material, you should contact the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Solid Waste Utilization. You may be required to submit an application form, implement certain management practices, provide periodic reports or meet other requirements. (Click on the approved material to find other states that have also approved this material.)

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Additional 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: 9/15/2010

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