Beneficial Use

Welcome to our Beneficial Use Program Webpage. The beneficial use program is designed to facilitate increasing interest in using beneficial use byproducts that are otherwise disposed of in landfills or being stockpiled under less than ideal conditions. The Division of Materials and Waste Management, in coordination with the Division of Surface Water, is developing a new beneficial use program for Ohio to encourage and facilitate using beneficial use byproducts for replacing or supplementing raw materials or similar products. 

The new program rules can be found in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-599. “Beneficial use byproduct” (BuB) broadly refers to residual materials that could meet the regulatory definition of solid waste or industrial/other waste in different regulatory programs. This new program js being designed to utilize general and individual permits for four BuBs with specified uses, such as soil blending and structural fill.  More will be added later. The draft general permits are posted and may be accessed through the “Draft General Permits” tab below, and include:

•    Foundry Sand generated from iron, steel and aluminum foundries as
            1) an ingredient in a soil blend, a soil-less potting media and in bioretention soils, and
            2) structural fill;
•    Drinking water treatment materials as a soil amendment; and   
•    Sewage sludge incinerator ash, aka biosolids incinerator ash, or BIA, used in a soil blend

OAC Chapter 3745-599 also applies to solid waste, industrial waste or other waste used as a fuel or as an ingredient in a combustion unit. This activity does not require a permit, but rather is authorized by rule.

Also posted for comment are a draft Notice of Intent to seek coverage under the draft general permits, or NOI, and guidance for applying for coverage under each general permit.

We are also developing general permits designed to beneficially use material excavated or dredged from a Lake Erie federal navigational channel during harbor or navigation maintenance activities. Also, for flexibility we are working on an individual permit to cover activities for these specified materials for activities not available for coverage under the general permits. These will be posted to interested party comment soon. We may also in the future add additional materials for beneficial use under these permits through rule revisions. 

To provide input on the draft general permits, guidance or NOI, written  comments will be accepted through close of business March 17, 2017. Please submit input to:

•    John Schierberl, P.O. Box 1049 Columbus, OH 43216-1049.

DMWM and DSW are exploring approaches toward promoting the responsible use of beneficial use byproducts through development of a single beneficial use program. For information on this effort, please review the Early Stakeholder Outreach tab on the DMWM Non-hazardous Waste Rules and Law webpage.

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P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049 

Beneficial Use
Sarvis, Harry  Environmental Manager
(614) 644-3519
Schierberl, John
Supervisor, Beneficial Use
(614) 644-2955
Flynn, Maera
Beneficial Use
(614) 728-5338 
Cherosky, Phil Beneficial Use
(614) 644-3249

Dredged Material - Make It Your Business!
Each year, 1.5 million cubic yards of material is dredged from the federal navigation channels along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline. Historically, most of the material dredged from Lake Erie has been placed back into the open waters of the lake. Thanks to the enactment of Senate Bill 1, open-lake disposal will no longer be an option as of July 1, 2020. It’s time to stop wasting dredged material and start using it to help Ohio. For more information, visit the webpage.