A Predetermined BUD, or Beneficial Use Determination, is a determination by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that a material ceases to be considered a “waste” and thus can be beneficially used with fewer restrictions on handling.

Similar to the Waste Tracking Document which is required whenever a fill material waste is being transported, the new Predetermined BUD Use forms were recently created that can be provided to contractors, transporters, or local and state officials when there is a need to document the reuse of material. While the use of the Waste Tracking Document is required to satisfy the requirements of Part 361-5.6 and 364-5.1 for the transport of C&D Debris, the use of the Predetermined BUD Use forms are optional.

Among the many types of material that are classified as Pre-determined BUDs, the point at which that determination can be made can vary. For example, General Fill generated outside New York City is no longer considered a waste at the point when being used; asphalt pavement is no longer considered a waste at the point when it meets the requirements for use; and mulch is no longer considered a waste at the point when it is processed and leaves a solid waste management facility for use as mulch and other common uses.

The new Pre-determined BUD Forms can be found on the NYSDEC website, or by clicking here.

If you would like to learn more about these new forms or would like to implement the new forms into your facility’s operation, feel free to call Walden and our Solid Waste engineers will be more than happy to help you and your Facility’s needs.