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Many companies in the waste management industry are unaware that the government offers generous research and development (R&D) incentive programs. Even those that are aware often fail to capture the full extent of R&D Tax Credits to which they are entitled. For example, while many companies may be capturing relevant expenses from their more traditional R&D cost centers, not all qualifying R&D activities take place in such departments. In many companies, technology and process development and testing happen in more informal ways, as activities that may be viewed as the normal process of improving products and services and developing new ones. Thus, they may be overlooked for purposes of the R&D Tax Credit. If you think you need a PhD and a state of-the-art laboratory to be conducting qualified activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, think again. Let incentAdvise’s experienced waste management experts help you claim the credits that you deserve!

Examples of activities and innovations eligible for R&D tax incentives include the following:

  • Developing irrigation processes and sprinkler systems for composting

  • Improving leachate contamination controlling systems

  • Developing new methods for recycling, disposal, or treatment of used chemicals and byproducts

  • Designing new or improved compost turning machines 

  • Designing wind row machines with additional aeration  

  • Developing or modifying compost screening systems 

  • Developing or modifying compost turners

  • Improving landfill cells and attempting to prolong use

  • Implementing and improving co-disposal techniques Implementing and improving communal collection

  • Developing and improving composite liners

  • Controlling and improving hydro-geological suitability

  • Implementing novel energy recovery techniques

  • Developing alternatives to flaring

  • Developing new methods to control pathogens

  • Recovering refuse-derived fuel (RDF)

  • Waste-to-energy (WTE) plant conception and implementation

  • Suitability of small-scale pyrolysis

  • Developing bioreactor landfills

  • Issuing ground water recharging at site

  • Improving design in dump floors

  • Modifying trailers with less corrosive material and greater durability

  • Developing processes to recycle produce with green waste

  • Designing magnetic processes to separate fallen waste

  • Designing novel air separation screens

  • Designing new grinders for green waste and produce processing

  • Modifying conveyor belts to increase efficiency

  • Analyzing gasification systems for processing refuse from waste streams

  • Analyzing potential for processing produce materials going to compost facility

  • Attempting reduction and or control of odor

  • Removing solids from water in C/D flotation tanks

  • Experimenting with methods to increase capacity of construction and demolition facilities

  • Experimenting with fluidized-bed incinerator technology

  • Developing or modifying hazardous waste processes (controlling, handling, detecting, and disposal techniques)

  • Improving methods of materials recovery

  • Implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS)

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In order to better serve the waste management and related industries, incentAdvise brings together experts from the disciplines that comprise our various Industry Specialization Teams. These include our extensive chemistry and engineering departments, and other groups of individuals with the appropriate educational backgrounds and experience to quantify and qualify R&D tax benefits for the waste management industry.

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