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Industrial/Commercial Landfills

Industrial waste

Industrial waste means solid waste generated by manufacturing or industrial processes. Such processes may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • electric power generation
  • fertilizer/agricultural chemicals; inorganic chemicals
  • iron and steel manufacturing
  • leather and leather products
  • nonferrous metals manufacturing/foundries
  • organic chemicals
  • plastics and resins manufacturing
  • pulp and paper industry
  • rubber and miscellaneous plastic products
  • stone, glass, clay and concrete products
  • textile manufacturing
  • transportation equipment
  • water treatment

The forms of such wastes are exemplified by but not limited to: liquids such as acids, alkalis, caustics, leachate, petroleum (and its derivatives), and processes or treatment wastewaters; sludges which are semi-solid substances resulting from process or treatment operations or residues from storage or use of liquids; solidified chemicals, paints or pigments; and dredge spoil generated by manufacturing or industrial processes, foundry sand, and the end or by-products of incineration or other forms of combustion. This term does not include oil or gas drilling, production, and treatment wastes (such as brines, oil, and frac fluids); overburden, spoil, or tailings resulting from mining; or solution mining brine and insoluble component wastes.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste means solid waste generated by stores, offices, restaurants, warehouses and nonmanufacturing activities at industrial facilities.

Industrial/Commercial Landfills in New York State

As of January 2016, there were 12 industrial/commercial landfills operating in New York State.

The liner required for an industrial/commercial waste monofill landfill is a double composite liner with primary and secondary leachate collection and removal systems. Alternative liner system designs will be considered if the applicant demonstrates that the proposed alternative liner will prevent a negative impact on groundwater. Solid waste incinerator ash residue monofills except in Nassau and Suffolk counties and paper mill sludge monofills have a minimum liner requirement comprised of a single composite liner with a leachate collection and removal system.