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Landfill Waste Diversion Validation

Many companies and municipalities are trying to achieve zero waste. UL can validate and provide credibility to your efforts with the industry’s first Standard for zero waste and waste diversion claims.

Recycling to reduce waste

Overview

The UL waste diversion validation program focuses on monitoring and measuring material flows that are not part of an organization’s final product. UL offers four landfill waste diversion claim validations to recognize companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways — from energy production via incineration to reuse, recycling and composting. Materials that are not diverted are considered disposed and go to the landfill or incineration without energy recovery.

UL requires at least 90 percent diversion through methods other than waste to energy to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill (Silver 90-94 percent, Gold 95-99 percent and Platinum 100 platinum) designations.

Each claim validation is clearly defined, carefully reviewed and thoroughly vetted so that businesses and their customers can understand the environmental significance of such a major achievement.

Benefits

Benefits of operating a zero or low-waste facility include:

  • Reduced costs associated with waste disposal
  • Reduced reliance on limited landfill space
  • Being an environmentally responsible corporate citizen.

Facilities that achieve compliance with UL’s Zero Waste procedure are featured by name in UL’s SPOT Sustainable Product Guide, and are also entitled to use the UL Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) badge in their promotional and marketing materials, providing extra credibility in the marketplace, and a competitive edge.

UL also offers supportive services to help companies implement and promote their waste reduction claims. We conduct readiness assessments; develop programs to optimize processes for waste reduction, reuse and recycling; and validate claims for recyclability, recycled content and take-back programs for waste or reclaimed materials.

With UL's ECVs, products come armed with independent third-party confirmation of compliance with various green codes, standards and procurement policies, including the LEED® Green Building Rating System, IgCC, GSA Advantage!®, ASHRAE 189.1 and more. This helps provide visibility while driving marketplace demand.

Why UL

UL offers supportive services to help companies implement and promote their waste reduction claims, or companies that are on a circularity journey. We can conduct readiness assessments; develop programs to optimize processes for waste reduction, reuse and recycling; and validate claims for recyclability, recycled content and take-back programs for waste or reclaimed materials. For companies pursuing circular economy initiatives, waste diversion can be a fundamental piece of their program.

Related standards

  • UL 2799 Environmental Claim Validation Procedure for Zero Waste to Landfill
  • UL 3600 Outline of Investigation for Measuring and Reporting Circular Economy Aspects of Products, Sites and Organizations
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