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UL Announces GP Batteries’ Achievement of Gold ZWTL Validation for First Plant in Malaysia

UL is pleased to announce that GP Batteries International Limited (“GP Batteries”) has earned Gold Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) Validation for its manufacturing facility located in Tebrau, Malaysia.

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March 18, 2021

Tebrau, Malaysia, 18 Mar, 2021 - UL is pleased to announce that GP Batteries International Limited (“GP Batteries”) has earned Gold Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) Validation for its manufacturing facility located in Tebrau, Malaysia, making it the first plant in the country to earn gold level validation. The plant has achieved a 96% diversion rate with 4% thermal processing and energy recovery and it is the third GP Batteries plant in Malaysia to earn the ZWTL Validation. The achievement of UL ZWTL Validation for all plants in Malaysia represents yet another milestone for GP Batteries and its commitment to advance its sustainability performance.

In 2020, GP Batteries earned Silver ZWTL Validation for three facilities in the Asia Pacific region. Since then, it has continued to increase waste diversion in those plants, improving its year-over-year performance. GP Batteries’ Tebrau plant is the first plant in Malaysia to earn the Gold ZWTL Validation, meeting the requirement of waste diversion levels of 95–99%. Based on lessons learned during the waste diversion validation process that took place at their other plants, GP Batteries was able to implement best practices and process improvements at the Tebrau plant that helped increase waste diversion and achieve the gold level validation. 

“GP Batteries’ achievement of Gold ZWTL Validation for its newest plant in Malaysia, combined with its continued improvement of waste diversion performance in its other three plants, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to improving sustainability performance,” said Doug Lockard, vice president and general manager, Retail and Consumer Products, UL.

GP Batteries’ project teams in Malaysia and China are dedicated to the Zero Waste To Landfill initiative and face unique challenges in each location. GP Batteries has worked with UL to continue to advance its ZWTL efforts and hope more facilities can achieve the validation.

President of GP Batteries, Victor Chong commented, “We are proud that our efforts have enabled us to achieve greater waste diversion rates thus further advancing our sustainability performance. We will continue to work with UL on various initiatives to further enhance our waste tracking and management, and continuously improve our sustainability performance.”

To learn more about Turbo Waste or Zero Waste To Landfill Validation, visit UL.com.

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