Carbon reduction experts the Carbon Trust have launched a new certification to recognise companies or organisations that have achieved zero waste to landfill.

Over a quarter of the 30 million-plus tonnes of waste generated annually in the UK is still being sent to landfill. The effect on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions, as well as ever-increasing landfill taxes, create a powerful incentive for responsible organisations to do everything they can to divert their waste from landfill.

The new Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognises organisations that take a best practice approach to waste management and actively divert all appropriate, non-hazardous waste streams from landfill. Typically companies achieve this through a combination of reducing waste, finding ways to reuse materials, increasing recycling or sending waste to energy recovery.

The new standard provides a robust framework for verifying zero waste to landfill claims, which is fully aligned with the methodology of the existing Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. This supports the increasing number of organisations that want independent and credible recognition of their achievements in improved waste management.

Although a substantial commitment for a business, a zero waste to landfill target can produce tangible savings, both through better use of resources and a reduced landfill costs, as well as demonstrating their commitment to becoming a more sustainable company.

One of the first companies to achieve the new certification was ASSA ABLOY, one of the world’s largest lock manufacturers. The company minimised and ultimately eliminated all possible waste streams to reduce its environmental impact.

Charles Robinson, Sustainability Manager for Europe at ASSA ABLOY, commented: “Working with the Carbon Trust was a really good chance for us to verify our zero waste to landfill achievements, with an independent and internationally recognised organisation. ASSA ABLOY and the Carbon Trust share the same values in fact-based transparency, which ensured the partnership was a great fit.”