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What does it mean to be a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ company?

pexels-photo-128421More and more businesses every day are recognising the need for environmental sustainability. By analysing their operations and taking steps to reduce their wastage they can not only make a positive contribution to the environment but also save money and improve their corporate image.

‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ is a certification which means that a company aims to ensure that all of their waste, whether manufacturing or non manufacturing, avoids landfill. To do this it is composted, recycled or reused. However, the term does not have a universal standard which means that some businesses take a more relaxed approach to ZWTFL and view the idea as more of a guideline than an a stringent set of rules to stick to.

Typically a business will analyse themselves and look at their various ‘waste streams’ – usually things like cardboard, glass, food waste and plastics. They would then undergo steps to ensure that these materials avoid landfill. For example food waste might be used as compost, glass melted into new products or plastic and cardboard used for new packaging materials. Following this they would be audited by a certification provider who if satisfied with their efforts and will award them certification.

With advocates of ZWTL including companies like Ford and Proctor and Gamble it’s obvious that there are many benefits to the certification. Not only can it help businesses to make significant savings and create revenue, but it also provides a good PR opportunity as the businesses can talk to local press about their transition, generating news coverage.

Many businesses also view becoming a ‘Zero Waste’ company as a good opportunity to attract new customers - typically environmentally conscious buyers who want to spend their money with businesses that take a pro-active approach towards environmentalism.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

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