The GBCSA’s Net Zero Waste Certification recognises organisations who actively make an effort to divert all their waste streams from landfill. As Net Zero accredited professionals, GCX can assist in providing credibility and visibility to your organisation by verifying your zero waste to landfill claim according to the guidelines set out by the GBCSA.
Many companies are beginning to see the business value in minimising waste to landfill. Increasing financial and reputational pressures over recent years have strengthened the business case for organisations to set targets and strive towards reducing landfilled waste through the use of alternative beneficiation technologies.
The result is many companies are claiming “Zero Waste to Landfill”, communicating their zero waste strategies and comparing achievements to their peers. Varying definitions, approaches, measurements and techniques may mean that these comparisons and claims are not equivalent. It is therefore important to verify the authenticity of these claims through a robust framework.
What does “Zero Waste to Landfill” mean?
A common misconception companies make is that “Zero Waste” is the same thing as “Zero Waste to Landfill”. While many large organisations strive towards having Zero Waste, it’s more a philosophy than an immediate goal.
Zero Waste encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that was is reduced at source through avoidance and reuse. Additionally, no waste is sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean. For most organisations, zero waste is a long way from being an economic reality and depends vastly on the type of organisation, products, business model and materials used.
This differs from Zero Waste to Landfill in that it is an immediate goal, it can be measured and independently verified by a third-party. Commonly zero waste to landfill means that at least 99 per cent of waste produced is diverted from landfill through recycling, reuse, other beneficiation technologies.
The GBCSA Net Zero Waste Certification does, however, place an influence on good business practices, reduction of waste and improved handling at source.
GCX are accredited professionals for the GBCSA’s Net Zero program and are therefore qualified to conduct audits of facilities and the waste streams they produce and compile the findings into a report for review by the GBCSA. The GBCSA then act as a third-party verifier and independently issue the Zero Waste Certification.
GCX has actively taken part in the piloting of the guidelines and is well versed in the requirements of the certification. GCX are therefore able to assist organisations with a Zero Waste Certification or the changes to waste management process which are required in order to meet the certification requirements.
Our Zero Waste Certification process can be simplified as follows:
- Agree scope
- Site visit and waste stream mapping
- Documentation review
- Waste volumes calculations
- Report compilation
- Certified to a recognised standard
- Better management of waste resources
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to the environment
- Improved Corporate Social Responsibility (CSI)
- Cost savings
- Legal compliance
- Increased business opportunities from environmentally aware customers
- Marketing opportunities
Our GCX Waste Advisory experts have many years of experience servicing some of South Africa’s largest organisations. If you’d like to know anything else about Zero Waste Certifications please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 021 702 4058.