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

Tennessee Beneficial Use Policy
None located.

Applicable Tennessee Agency/Division
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. Division activities are land-based, regulating both solid waste and hazardous waste through specialized programs and functions. These include landfill permits, hazardous waste permits, state remediation program, used oil management, lead-based paint abatement, special waste, universal waste, and annual waste reporting.

Regulations

Tennessee Definition of Beneficial Use
Tennessee has no specific definition of beneficial use, except as it relates to foundry sand reuse. For a beneficial reuse of foundry sand to be covered by their beneficial use policy, the foundry which generates the sand must provide documentation to the division that the sand is "nontoxic" and has been "processed for reuse." For the purposes of this policy, "nontoxic" means that the foundry sand is non-hazardous and contains chemical constituents in concentrations equal to or less than those specified in the policy. Also, for the purposes of this policy, "processed for reuse" means that the sand has been subjected to a process by which metal and trash are removed.

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 Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. 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.)

More Tennessee Information

  • Waste Tires Program Current State law prohibits the storage and/or disposal of waste tires without a permit. Whole tires are banned from being disposed in a landfill.
  • Beneficial End Use of Waste Tires This document is a statement of policy designed to describe civil engineering applications that are deemed appropriate by the Division of Solid Waste Management for reimbursement through the solid waste grant program as a beneficial end use of waste tires generated in Tennessee, in accordance with T.C.A. 68-211-867(b)(5).
  • Construction and Demolition State Waste Resource Locator. Use this tool to locate regulatory information and other compliance assistance and P2 resources.
  • Solid Waste Locator. The solid waste resource locator contains links to regulatory agencies and rules covering solid waste topics.

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.
  • EPA’s Methodology for Evaluating Beneficial Uses of Industrial Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials presents their approach for evaluating a wide range of industrial non-hazardous secondary materials and their associated beneficial uses.
  • 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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