Responsible Materials Management
Organizations are looking to reduce the amount of waste they generate and send to landfills for a number of reasons.
Not only can they help to reduce emissions (landfills are the third largest human-generated methane source in the U.S., releasing an estimated 100.8 million metric tons of CO2 in 2015 alone1), but they can also save their organization money. NSF customer MillerCoors’ Milwaukee campus is realizing a savings of about $89,000 per year from landfill-free efforts.
We can verify an organization’s waste management processes against our consensus-developed guideline and grant recognition to companies that send less than 1 percent of waste to landfill. Consumers prefer to buy products they perceive as having a lower impact on the environment, and companies demonstrating environmental leadership and social responsibility can now have their environmental claim verified through a reputable, independent third party.
To get started on the path to being a verified landfill-free facility, it is important for your company to look at its waste stream and determine where every piece of waste is going. Once the waste stream has been analyzed, it is time to reduce waste where you can, find ways to reuse other parts of your waste stream, and recycle or compost whatever is left. After you gather all necessary documentation regarding your waste management process, your company is ready to begin the path to verification, which includes these steps:
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Assurance Program for Sustainable Assessment of Professional Services – Call for Pilot Participants
June 1, 2020
NSF International is calling for participants in a new assurance program for the NSF/ANSI 391.1 standard, the first American National Standard for sustainability in the professional services industry. The pilot will include professional service organizations, purchasers of professional services and approved certification bodies (CBs).
NSF and E-Reuse Services Collaborate to Make Electronics Reuse Conference Waste-Free for Second Year
September 19, 2019
Every year, tradeshows and conferences generate thousands of tons of waste in the form of flyers, hand-outs, packaging, coffee cups and more. A closer look reveals an estimated 60 million people attend tradeshows each year—with each attendee generating up to 20 pounds of waste. Not surprisingly, this has a significant impact on the environment.
OEHHA Issues Proposed NSRLs for Three Disinfection By-Products
August 11, 2020
On May 22, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which assesses health risks of environmental contaminants in products sold in California, issued three notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRs) establishing proposed no significant risk levels (NSRLs) for three water disinfection by-products : trichloroacetic acid, dibromoacetic acid and dichloroacetic acid; also known as haloacetic acids. These NPRs were open for comment until July 7. OEHHA is now reviewing the comments and will then issue a final rule.
Clean Water Crusader Joseph Cotruvo Earns 2020 Environmental Health Award From NSF International and NEHA
July 30, 2020