A national railroad company was utilizing scrap ties as fuel for the manufacturing of cement wallboard. Scrap ties are transported by rail to Michigan where they are shredded and blended into a fuel. When loading and unloading scrap railroad ties from rail cars for use as alternative energy, waste debris is generated. This debris consists of broken ties, dirt, metals, and other materials that cannot be used in the alternative energy program. The debris totaled 10,854 tons sent to landfill in one year.