UPS Sustainability Report: Two Facilities Reach Goal of Zero Waste
In UPS’s recently released annual Sustainability Report, the company states that it is aiming for zero waste, with two of its facilities achieving that goal in 2012.
The company is incorporating the World Business Council’s “Vision 2050,” which includes the aim of “not a particle of waste” and landfills being phased out within the next two decades. This element has been included in UPS’s environmental sustainability program. With that in mind, UPS chose two of its facilities as good candidates for diverting at least 90% of their waste from landfill or incineration and used them as “test beds” in 2012 to collect baseline data and establish a waste transition process. The two facilities achieved the target waste diversion rate, and the company now plans to move the initiative forward in other facilities.
The company also says that in 2012, UPS operating facilities in the United States generated 1,475 tons of hazardous waste. The company says that to ensure hazardous waste is properly disposed of, it is managed through approved national vendors that have a documented track record of compliance with recognized industry disposal practices.
These vendors “are generally well established, observe industry standard safety procedures, and are regularly audited by UPS and/or an outside auditor to ensure compliance with laws and regulations,” the report states. UPS’s contracts with national and local vendors specify that the company receives a “cradle to grave” certification letter specifying responsible waste and disposal methods.
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