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UL, Manufacturers Promote Zero Waste Validation

ULUL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, says it has developed working relationships with the Green Manufacturer Network in the US and Waste Cost Reduction Services in the UK to encourage companies to achieve its landfill waste diversion claim validation.

The announcement comes less than a month after UL Environment and Waste Management partnered to offer WM’s customers a streamlined route to pursuing zero waste validation.

UL says these three three collaborations provide an opportunity for outreach to broad audiences, allowing each organization to bring a level of industry knowledge to their membership base and helping UL to educate the marketplace on the importance of zero waste initiatives and third-party validation.

UL Environment’s landfill waste diversion program offers zero waste to landfill, virtually zero waste to landfill, and landfill waste diversion claim validations. UL’s accepted landfill waste diversion allows for a variety of methods such as reuse, recycling and composting.

Companies that achieve a landfill diversion rate of 100 percent qualify for the zero waste to landfill validation. Companies that achieve a diversion rate of 98 percent or greater qualify for the virtually zero waste to landfill validation. Those that achieve a diversion rate of 80 percent or greater qualify for a landfill waste diversion validation.

To earn a zero waste to landfill claim validation mark, a virtually zero waste to landfill claim validation mark, or a landfill waste diversion claim validation mark, companies must undergo a two-part, UL-led audit, which includes document evaluation and onsite visits. Each claim validation mark indicates the facility’s specific rate of landfill diversion. Facilities whose landfill waste diversion claims have been validated by UL Environment are audited annually and featured in UL Environment’s Sustainable Product Database.

UL Environment says third-party verification of environmental claims shows a company’s commitment to transparency.

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