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Beneficial Use Determination

Beneficial Use Determination

Welcome to the Washington State Department of Ecology's "Beneficial Use Determination" (BUD) web site. This program was authorized by the Washington State Legislature in 1998 by amendment to Chapter 70.95 RCW, Solid Waste Management-Reduction and Recycling . Regulatory standards developed to implement this program are located in WAC 173-350-200.

Waste generators and others can use this site to apply directly to Ecology for statewide relief from solid waste permit requirements of WAC 173-350-700 for use of a waste as a substitute feedstock in a manufacturing or other industrial process, or for use as a soil amendment. Only proposals that present no threat to human health or the environment will be considered for approval. Any exemption from solid waste permitting granted under the BUD program requires prior written approval from Ecology and are granted solely to the original applicant.

Use the menu at left to:
  • access the forms needed to apply for a BUD,
  • view a register listing BUD approvals and active applications,
  • register with the department as an interested party wishing to be notified when an application is undergoing public review,
  • link to other useful sites.
  • Access applicable laws and rules.
General questions and comments about the BUD program can be addressed to cmat461@ecy.wa.gov. You can also contact the department by mailing questions or comments to:

BUD Coordinator
Washington Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775