UL Environment Begins Validating Companies' Claims of Landfill Waste Diversion

New environmental claim validation service recognizes companies that take a leadership role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills

MARIETTA, Ga., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UL Environment, a business unit of UL, announced today a series of new environmental claim validation service offerings designed to help companies communicate and promote their efforts to reduce landfill waste. 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. 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.

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"With more businesses undertaking waste reduction initiatives, there is a growing need for meaningful, third-party validation of landfill waste diversion claims. UL Environment is excited to introduce this claim validation service to companies that want to quantify and qualify their efforts," says Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. "Additionally, the trusted UL Environmental Claim Validation mark, which companies may feature in their marketing materials, helps companies communicate and promote their facilities' waste reduction accomplishments clearly and confidently."

UL Environment's landfill waste diversion criteria include a variety of methods that companies may use to minimize the amount of waste they send to landfills, from energy creation through waste incineration to reuse, recycling, and composting. 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 onsite 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 Products Database.

To learn more about UL Environment's Zero Waste to Landfill, Virtually Zero Waste to Landfill, and Landfill Waste Diversion claim validations, visit www.ul.com/environment.

About UL Environment

UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.

About UL

UL is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Employing nearly 9,000 professionals in 46 countries, UL is evolving the future of safety with five distinct business units – Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Verification and Knowledge Services – to meet the expanding needs of customers and the global public. For more information on UL's family of companies and network of 95 laboratory, testing, and certification facilities, go to www.UL.com.

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