Today, “reduce, reuse, recycle” is a way of life — and a way of business — for millions of individuals, and organizations who understand the importance of diverting waste from landfills. But vague definitions, self-declared claims and undefined procedures can make it difficult to qualify and quantify these efforts. Businesses of all sizes are all working towards a unified goal: achieving zero waste.
Zero waste audit and validation program
Waste generation and waste mitigation have become key issues in the transition toward a circular economy. According to Statista, worldwide solid waste generation is expected to increase by nearly 70% to 3.4 billion metric tons by 2050 and with less than 20% of waste properly disposed of or recycled, the interest in zero waste strategies and validation continues to grow.
Businesses are looking to reduce their risk as it relates to waste. Sustainable waste management and validation have become crucial for businesses pursuing sustainability and their stakeholders because these practices directly benefit local economies, global society and the environment. Achieving zero waste is a crucial step toward sustainability. UL Solutions can help. Our Zero Waste to Landfill and Landfill Waste Diversion claim validations recognize companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways, from energy production via incineration to reuse, recycling and composting. Each claim validation is clearly defined, carefully reviewed and thoroughly vetted so that businesses and their customers understand the environmental significance of such a major achievement.
Create a waste diversion plan
The UL Solutions waste diversion validation program focuses on monitoring and measuring material flows that are not part of an organization’s final product at facility level. We offer four landfill waste diversion claim validations to recognize businesses that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways:
- Energy production via incineration
Materials that are not diverted are considered disposed of and go to the landfill or incineration without energy recovery.
Zero Waste to Landfill Environmental Claim Validation
UL 2799A, the Standard for Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Zero Waste Classification requires each facility of an organization to prove at least 90% diversion through methods other than waste to energy for that facility to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) designations (Silver, Gold, Platinum).
Platinum — The highest designation; this claim is validated by UL Solutions when a facility can prove that it consistently achieves a landfill waste diversion rate of 100%.
Gold — This designation is reserved for facilities that have achieved a landfill diversion rate of 95% to 99% or greater.
Silver — This claim is validated if a facility achieves a landfill diversion rate of 90% to 94%.
Facilities that do not achieve greater than 90% diversion receive a Landfill Waste Diversion claim, according to UL 2799, the Standard for Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Zero Waste to Landfill.
Each environmental claim validation is clearly defined, carefully reviewed and thoroughly evaluated so that organizations and the public can understand the environmental significance of such a major achievement.
Earn a zero waste to landfill label
Once the waste diversion claims are validated, companies can use the UL Environmental Claim Validation Mark on relevant marketing materials.
Facilities that achieve compliance with UL Solutions Zero Waste to Landfill program are featured by name in our SPOT sustainability database to support your efforts to promote transparency. Customers are entitled to use the UL Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) Mark in their promotional and marketing materials, which provides extra credibility and can help differentiate your facility in a competitive marketplace.
UL Solutions 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.
Benefits of environmentally responsible waste management
Benefits of operating a zero- or low-waste facility include:
- Reduced costs associated with the disposal of waste.
- Reduced reliance on limited landfill space.
- Reduced Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
- Being an environmentally responsible corporate citizen.
How UL Solutions can help
UL Solutions Zero Waste to Landfill Validation empowers businesses to transform their environmental stewardship into authentic market leadership. We have contributed to the development of more than 80 different environmental testing and auditing procedures to validate environmental claims. We are well-positioned to help all companies worldwide secure credible, third-party validation of waste diversion achievements.
Landfill Waste Diversion Claim Validation