With smarter environmentally friendly programs being implemented across the corporate spectrum, several companies are now taking things a step further. The Zero waste to landfill program is exactly as the name suggests; keeping wastes away from landfills. Businesses that implement the program reduce the amount of materials they consume, and the waste generated by them. By Reusing the materials or recycling through composting; companies can recover lost energy.
The program is fit for any company to implement. However, the process of setting up the same is significantly tough. Some of the companies that have introduced the system are Subaru, Bridgestone, Nestle, Boeing and Kraft.
Verification by A Third-Party
For companies to call themselves an actively diverting landfill waste institution, there needs to be third parties and authority organisations that can verify the same. The assets that are diverted from the landfill are assessed, the process of implementing zero waste to landfill is audited and a certificate of audit completion is issued. This ensures that not all companies can claim to practice zero waste to landfill and that a authorised third-party has given companies, due credit.
There are several third-party verification companies that are authorised to conduct the audit. To name a few: NSF International, Underwriters Laboratory, Carbon Trust and Green Circle. The differ in mainly the name of the certification that they provide companies. Their levels of audit also differ. Companies that wish to get the certification are encouraged to choose the third-party verification companies, based on the type of processes they have in place. It is recommended that companies be prepared for a site visit and an intensive review of records, as part of the audit.
Benefits of Zero Waste to Landfill Program
Apart from the obvious benefits of saving the planet and cutting down on manufacturing costs, there are other benefits that companies enjoy as part of the program. For starters, it is the credibility that they can brag about. The FTC, NGOs and rating organisations are always interested in companies that claim to work toward public interest. Moreover, when a third-party verification has been conducted, the companies are recognised by the public and the marketplace in general. There are also other opportunities in company processes that can be identified that can save money and the planet.
The Future of This Program
As more companies come to light and choose the program there is promise in reduction of the amount of waste that will end up in landfills. The 300 million tons of waste that is diverted to landfills will be drastically reduced. Businesses will also continue to use sustainable practices and materials, whilst implementing processes within the company. As ANSI and ASTM gear up to implement verification programs for companies, it shows that the demand for running cleaner and greener businesses are on the forefront. The cost and reduction of waste is one of the most clearly visible changes that can be expected. Greenhouse gas emission reduction, energy efficiency and supply chain satisfaction are some of the key changes that can be expected to grow in the future.