Certifying zero waste

Certifying zero waste

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Businesses committed to generating zero waste now have a way to prove it with a new certification program.

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, the nonprofit organization that encourages and assists businesses seeking to divert 90 percent of their waste from landfills and incinerators, has launched the first zero waste business certification program in the country. The announcement comes with the issuance of certifications to three Whole Food Market stores in San Diego County, California. The three stores earned the certification after being audited by the council, proving that they successfully reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

The trio of stores achieved the bronze level of certification and can earn the platinum level by increasing diversion, implementing upstream policies and getting total participation from team members, vendors and customers.

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