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Beneficial Use

The Beneficial Use program is designed to help communities and businesses find innovative ways to reuse industrial byproducts that are either designated inert or non-hazardous while ensuring public and environmental health is protected.

The program helps in reducing overall costs to the economy by recycling and reusing material, keeping those material out of landfills. The program relies on the latest science, engineering principles, and controls to achieve adequate solid waste characterization.

Under law, the land application of certain materials is overseen by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as fertilizers or soil conditioners under Part 85, Fertilizers, of NREPA or as liming materials under PA 162 of 1955.  These uses are defined as "beneficial use 3."

For more information on beneficial use 3, please go to the following link: 

MDARD - Fertilizer Program (


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