Beneficial Reuse


Biological Products:



Bioaugmentation products for Wastewater applications in Papermills, Refineries, Chemical, Tanneries, Municipalities, Textiles, Steel, Agriculture, Animal feedlot,  Gun Powder plant, Food and Beverage- Dairy Products, Orange Juice factory, Wineries, Cookie factory, Vegetable processing plant, Meat packing, Barbecue Restaurant, Aquaculture, Ornamental Ponds for algae control, CAFO, Nursing homes, Military, Campgrounds, Universities, Regulatory agencies



Lab Services:



Filamentous Identification Lab Service. One reason to identify filaments is to determine the filaments characteristics and then determine the type present.  If the type is found out, a root cause can usually be associated with a particular filament.  If the cause is known, then a correction can be made to alleviate problems. Chlorination is only a quick fix.  Without process changes, filaments will grow back after chlorination.

Wastewater Biomass Analyses and Cooling Tower Analyses also available


Training Materials:



Training is an integral part of any job. Not everyone is at the same level of training. Many people want beginning concepts and basics. Some need technical information or troubleshooting. Some want equipment, technology or process information.

We have developed a full set of Basic training, Advanced training, Filamentous Identification the Easy Way as well as custom training CD's Manuals. We also provide hands-on training classes and soon will have an Online "E-University".


Audits and Consulting:


At Environmental Leverage® Inc., we have a team of experienced individuals who come into your plant with a fresh pair of eyes.  The system is checked from influent to effluent.  System optimization, equipment efficiency and operational excellence are key components explored. Key Benefits Equipment efficiency Total Cost of Operation reductions Reliability and safety

An onsite audit is conducted to examine system parameters, process controls, and current monitor and control procedures. A physical walk-through is conducted, process flow diagrams are examined, previous design criteria are examined and current standard operating procedures are evaluated along with data logs.




Troubleshooting-Beneficial Reuse

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Beneficial Reuse- The new buzzword


Beneficial reuseWhat does it really mean?  To some people it can be translated as "One man's garbage is another man's treasure!!!"
Industrial Byproduct, Waste Recycling, Beneficial Reuse, these are all technically the same things. Everyone is turning Green and if there is a way to do it, Beneficial Reuse is a quick easy way.


At Environmental Leverage we bring you innovative strategies and operational experience to help you Leverage your Liabilities and turn them into assets!  Innovative environmental solutions resulting in a cleaner environment!
There are numerous government grants, programs, loans and awards for development of a Beneficial Reuse or Recycling program at your plant.


Pollution Prevention Challenge Grants

Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Governor's Toxic Reduction Challenge
EPA Common Sense Initiatives

EPA Resource Conservation Challenge

P2 Pays


There are tons of grants and federal loans depending upon the country, region or state that you live in.


Types or sources  of Beneficial Reuse

Examples of Materials in high demand

  • Acids
  • Alkali
  • Boiler and Fly Ash
  • Construction and Demolition
  • Electronics
  • Glass
  • Greasewindmills
  • Gypsum
  • Laboratory Chemicals
  • Lime
  • Metal and Metal Sludge
  • Miscellaneous
  • Oil
  • Other Inorganic Chemicals
  • Other Organic Chemicals
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Rubber
  • Solvents
  • Textile and Leather
  • Wax
  • Wood

nut factory

Examples by Industry

wastewater clarifierWater or Wastewater:
Water conservation and efficiency- using treated effluent water- reused as Gray water- in closed recycle loops, or used in areas where critically clean water is not necessary is technically a type of Beneficial reuse.  Water can be used for irrigation, washing down non-critical areas, Effluent irrigation of golf courses, parks, and recreation areas. 


Potential Wastewater Reuse Applications, Commercial Car Washes,
Cooling, Dust Control on Roads and Streets, Fire Prevention, Fountains, Groundwater Recharge, Irrigation (agriculture, landscaping, recreation fields, etc.), Mixing Concrete, Snow-making for Commercial/Outdoor Use, Toilet/Urinal Flush, Wetland Restoration

Spent Sand can be utilized in an approved beneficial use application, Green Sand, slag, Bag house dust and wet scrubber residuals are also valuable beneficial reuse products.  Here are just a few of the applications where it can be utilized:
Landfill Daily Cover, Pipe Bedding, Structural Fill can go to processor for single or multiple applications- Asphalt, Cement, Concrete or Soil Blending.


Papermill-recycle papermill
There are numerous areas where beneficial reuse can be found in a papermill. Lime, pulp, ash, sludge, crates, paper scraps, bark, knots are just a few areas that homes can be found for these " alternative" products.  Bottom ash is a good road base and construction material. Papermill biosolids and primary solids are great for use at Mine leachate.


oil at refineryRefinery- Again, an area that has many side streams that are isolated initially in the process area due to the type of equipment used and the process location.  Spent caustic is the first easy one. Oil, Spent Catalysts, oily sludge, and biosolids are just a few more to be mentioned.

Food Plants- Did you know that the biosolids generated from a food plant that has it's own wastewater treatment plant are an excellent source of nutrients for crops?

Food plants have pallets, Process scraps that can be sold to agriculture for compost, silage for animal feed lots, among other things. Bones, tallow, and meat scraps found in slaughter houses are also areas for beneficial reuse.

We worked at one plant that produced high quality frosting. 16% of their product line was "Poor Quality" frosting and was off spec.  Well, just because it cannot be used for cake decorations, it could be used for doughnut filling, or other uses.


bioaugmentation at chocolate factory vegetable processing frosting manufacturing


Wastewater  Biosolidspig farm

Use of biosolids on crops can reduce the cost of nutrient supplementation from $60-$140 per acre and provide most of the N and P needed. The biosolids are a great source of natural nutrients, minerals and can benefit your crop yield by up to 25%.
Coming Soon- Biosolids reuse and Crop Benefits


Electric Utilities
power utilitiesFly ash and bottom ash- landfill caps, road construction, cement, planters, statues for fill, stabilization of hazardous wastes, Decorative black glass was produced using fly ash as the main component,
Non-Hazardous Coal Power Plant Fly Ash as Flow able Fill
Water reuse


Chemical Plant-
Acid or base Streams, Metals, Air pollution control technology residuals,
Streams high in Nitrogen or Phosphorus
Ferric chloride, High BTU content materials, Chlorine, Spent Catalysts


Winerieswineries wastewater

Lees, mach, biosolids, water reuse for irrigation or wash water. Not only are the solids good for land application, but some of the newer technology is drying out some of the solids and turning them into biobricks for fireplaces.



Cement Kiln Dust and Fly Ash can be used in Road Rehabilitation
Tire Chips for Highway Embankments
Wood Ash on Agricultural Land
Tire Shreds as Lightweight Fill
Aluminum, Copper and Brass Fabrication, Cement and Concrete, Coal combustion, Iron and Steel, Mini- mill byproducts


grass green environmentAs you can see, there are tons of sources of side streams that can be considered for beneficial reuse. The trick is finding a home for your byproduct.

Examples of Legislation or LinksP2R links
Legislation enacted in 1985 [s. 289.05 (4), Wis. Stats.] encourages the beneficial use of industrial byproducts through the DNR.


The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) is a consortium of eight regional pollution prevention information centers, funded in part through grants from EPA.


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