GreenCircle will validate and certify zero waste or a percentage of waste a company or manufacturing facility diverts from landfill. After performing a material flow and mass flow analysis, GreenCircle will be able to quantify and certify a percentage of waste that has been diverted from landfills.
Objective: Demonstrate an organizations commitment to responsible management of end-of-life materials by quantifying and certifying total diverted waste.
Waste Diversion: The prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting.
Source Reduction: A practice that eliminates waste at the source by not creating it in the first place. It can include redesign of products and packaging, process efficiency improvements, material substitution, inventory control, improved housekeeping and/or preventative maintenance.
Reusable: Products that are designed to be and can be used more than once.
Recycling: A process that turns materials that would otherwise be waste into valuable resources.
Alternative Daily Cover: Material other than earthen material placed on the surface of the active face of a municipal solid waste landfill at the end of each operating day to control vectors, fires, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging.
Energy Recovery: From waste is the conversion of non-recoverable materials into heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, pyrolyzation, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas recovery (LFG). This process is often called waste-to-energy.
Reference Documents: ISO 14021; CFR 261.1; EPA Definitions
Acceptable Means of Diversion Hierarchy:
Redesign to eliminate waste
Reuse in same process
Reuse in different process
Materials returned to supplier
Processing and selling to third party
Anaerobic digestion with energy recovery
Waste-to-Energy (non-recoverable materials only)