The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognises company efforts to divert non-hazardous waste streams away from landfill through reducing and reusing waste, by increasing recycling efforts or diverting waste to energy recovery.

One of the first companies to achieve this certification is lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY.

Commenting on the certification, sustainability manager at ASSA ABLOY Charles Robinson said: “Minimising and ultimately eliminating waste generation across all of our waste streams, where possible, is a real opportunity for us to greatly reduce our environmental impact.

“Working with the Carbon Trust was a really good chance for us to verify our zero waste to landfill achievements, with an independent and internationally recognised organisation. ASSA ABLOY and the Carbon Trust share the same values in fact-based transparency, which ensured the partnership was a great fit.”

The certification will support an increasing number of businesses that want an independent and credible body to recognise their recycling, re-use and waste management efforts. The Carbon Trust Standard will provide a framework to acknowledge these claims.

Globally, several large companies have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status over the past year. Multinational corporations Mars and Ford announced zero-waste-to-landfill achievements across their respective factories in their latest sustainability reports. Meanwhile, Unilever recently revealed that more than 600 of its sites across 70 countries have achieved zero waste to landfill status, after the company identified alternate routes for non-hazardous waste streams in its operations.

The zero-waste-to-landfill certification is the latest expansion of The Carbon Trust’s work to drive a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. More recently, TheCarbon Trust has also upped its work on promoting an increased awareness of food labelling. A survey by YouGov and the Carbon Trust found that there are now big opportunities for green-labelled products, services and brands to serve an increasingly environmentally-concerned populace.

Alex Baldwin

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