NSF Sustainability, a division of NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., has partnered with Sustainable Waste Solutions, Antioch, Calif., to provide companies with a landfill-free verification system. The two firms say they are able to assess companies to document that all wastes generated are reused, recycled or processed as waste to energy.
NSF International bills itself as an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment. Sustainable Waste Solutions says it provides a range of reuse, recycling and waste services to its customers.
NSF International’s landfill-free verification “enables companies to demonstrate that less than one percent of their process waste goes to landfill for disposal and that they have documented waste management procedures and trainings in place,” says NSF.
Qualifying for NSF landfill-free verification requires the following:
- retaining documentation and tracking all waste streams;
- maintaining containers to manage waste;
- establishing a program for electronic waste management;
- employee and contracting training; and
- audits of the facility to ensure these procedures are in place.
“Providing companies with waste management solutions will supply additional credibility and transparency to their landfill-free claims while helping to protect the environment for future generations,” says Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF International’s Sustainability Division. “We look forward to working with Sustainable Waste Solutions to recognize more organizations’ responsible waste management achievements.”
“Having provided landfill-free services to our customers for a number of years, partnering with NSF is a natural progression for us,” says Randy Hendricks, CEO of Sustainable Waste Solutions. “Our customers will have easy access to third-party verification of their landfill-free claims. We look forward to working with NSF as we make more businesses landfill-free.”