We know not all your waste is traditional recyclables. If you are an industry or commercial business, you may have secondary materials or products that could have a useful second life outside of a landfill. We wanted to know more.
In April 2018, MPCA and DEED jointly surveyed Minnesota industries to:
- Learn the challenges in reusing process waste and unwanted equipment and supplies
- Find out which services could help.
Why focus on industrial byproducts?
Management systems for construction/demolition wastes and industrial byproducts are not as well developed those for managing municipal solid waste (MSW). These categories of solid, non-hazardous wastes are not measured, nor do these wastes have as mature a system for reuse or recycling. See the 2015 Solid Waste Policy Report for more discussion of this issue and action recommendations.