MARIETTA, Ga., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced today that leading North American 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," says Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. "Waste reduction is an important sustainability goal, and UL's Environmental Claim Validation is a way for organizations to differentiate themselves for their reduction achievements."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," says Martin Grohman, director of sustainability at GAF. GAF's Everguard TPO Manufacturing facilities have produced more than one billion square feet of roofing. The Mt. Vernon Indiana facility, which spans 55,000ft 2 and employs 40 people, was awarded the following specific claim validated by UL Environment:
- GAF's Everguard TPO Manufacturing facility, located in Mt. Vernon, IN, has achieved a landfill diversion rate of 90%.