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GAF first to have zero-waste claims validated by UL Environment standard

UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, claimed that roofing manufacturer GAF is the first company to achieve its new Landfill Waste Diversion validation, per UL ECVP 2799.

Launched in June of 2012, UL Environment’s Zero Waste to Landfill, Virtually Zero Waste to Landfill and Landfill Waste Diversion claim validations recognize companies that handle waste in innovative and environmentally responsible ways.

“We congratulate GAF on being the first to validate their waste diversion efforts with UL Environment. Their commitment to third-party substantiation is exemplary and shows true industry leadership,” said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment.

UL Environment’s accepted landfill waste diversion strategies include 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.

“GAF has been committed to reducing manufacturing waste to zero for several years now, and we were actually internally certifying zero waste plants. However, third-party validation of environmental claims is increasingly important, and I can appreciate that. We needed a standard protocol we could certify to. We have a long-standing relationship with UL, and when I presented this challenge to them, they took it on. Through the entire process, from the desktop audit to the site visits, I feel it has been a collaborative and constructive process. There’s nothing like the journey to Zero Waste. I would be happy to discuss the process with other companies in case I can help,” said Martin Grohman, director of sustainability at GAF.

GAF’s Everguard TPO Manufacturing facility, located in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, has achieved a landfill diversion rate of 90 percent.

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 an extensive, two-part, UL-led audit, which includes document evaluation and on-site visits. Each claim validation mark clearly 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.