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Carbon Trust Launches Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Certification

Last year, residents of East Orange, Fla., raised a stink about the stench coming from the local landfill Image credit: Fox35

As businesses around the world continue to innovate closed-loop solutions and other initiatives to eliminate waste throughout their operations, The Carbon Trust will now be able to audit those efforts through its new standard for Zero Waste to Landfill.

The new certification recognizes an organization’s achievements in reducing its environmental impact through actively diverting its non-hazardous waste streams from landfill, typically through a combination of reducing waste, finding ways to reuse materials, increasing recycling or sending waste to energy recovery.

The new standard provides a framework for verifying zero-waste-to-landfill claims, which expands on the methodology of the existing Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. This supports the increasing number of organizations that want independent and credible recognition of their achievements in improved waste management.

A zero-waste-to-landfill target can produce tangible savings, both through efficient use of resources and reduced landfill costs, as well as demonstrating their commitment to becoming a sustainable company.

“Minimizing and ultimately eliminating waste generation across all of our waste streams, where possible, is a real opportunity for us to greatly reduce our environmental impact,” said Charles Robinson, Sustainability Manager at lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY, one of the first companies to achieve the new Carbon Trust certification. “Working with the Carbon Trust was a really good chance for us to verify our zero waste to landfill achievements, with an independent and internationally recognized organization. ASSA ABLOY and the Carbon Trust share the same values in fact-based transparency, which ensured the partnership was a great fit.”

In addition to waste, the Carbon Trust also offers certifications for organizational management of water, carbon and supply chains – earlier this year, Heathrow Airport became the first airport (and the fifth organization) in the world to meet all four standards.

Talia Rudee lives in Seattle with a passion for sustainability, triathlon, and desserts. She has a BA in Environmental Sociology from Whitman College and is currently working toward an MBA in Sustainable Systems at Presidio Graduate School, Seattle campus. As… [Read more about Talia Rudee]

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