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Recycling and Reuse

One of the best ways to reduce the impact of waste is to reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed. Something that is considered to be a waste by one industry may be seen as a useful product to another. This is why we should look for beneficial ways to reuse waste materials before they are immediately discarded. We can recycle some waste materials to harvest their valuable components and use them to create new products.

Legitimate Use of Non-hazardous Waste Materials

Some non-hazardous solid wastes may be legitimately used (refer to the Indiana Administrative Code [329 IAC 10-3-1] "Exclusions; general"). Please note that IDEM approval may be required to reuse solid waste. Legitimate use of solid waste, depending upon the type of waste and how it is to be reused, may require a registration approval or a processing facility permit from IDEM.

Some commonly reused industrial process wastes have separate statutory exclusion. Foundry Sand (IC 13-19-3-7) is one of these and it has as two Nonrule Policy Documents which describe its use in land application and as a soil amendment (Waste-0028 and Waste-0040) along with how it is used in accordance to House Enrolled Act 1541. Coal Ash (IC-13-19-3-3) have prohibited areas of regulation and Slag (IC 13-19-3-8) also has protections on the regulations of its use.

Exclusion of some Hazardous Waste and Other Waste

Some hazardous waste streams may meet applicable exclusion and exemption criteria and not be fully regulated as a hazardous waste. These exclusions and exemptions can be found at 40 CFR 261.

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