Landfill-free verification enables companies to demonstrate environmentally-friendly waste handling and social responsibility

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and SOUDERTON, Pa. – NSF Sustainability, a division of the global public health organization NSF International, has partnered with Sustainable Waste Solutions to provide companies with effective waste management solutions without utilizing landfills for their waste disposal. By providing landfill-free verification, NSF International and Sustainable Waste Solutions will assess companies to document that all wastes generated are reused, recycled or processed as waste to energy.

Achieving landfill-free status is a significant accomplishment. Giving companies the opportunity to demonstrate their environmental leadership by verifying their environmental claim through reputable, independent third-party organizations is essential. 

Sustainable Waste Solutions provides a broad range of reuse, recycling and waste services to its customers. Industries serviced include food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, high tech, automotive, defense, packaging and more.

NSF International’s independent landfill-free verification enables companies to demonstrate that less than one percent of their process waste* goes to landfill for disposal and that they have documented waste management procedures and trainings in place.  Qualifying for NSF landfill-free verification also requires:

  • Retaining documentation and tracking all waste streams
  • Maintaining containers to manage waste
  • Establishing a program for electronic waste management
  • Employee and contracting training
  • Audits of the facility to ensure these procedures are in place

Every day, over 80,000 tons of waste are diverted from landfill disposal by Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities. The renewable energy produced by these EfW facilities is enough to power over 2.5 million homes (Source: U.S. EPA).

“Providing companies with waste management solutions will supply additional credibility and transparency to their landfill-free claims while helping to protect the environment for future generations,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF International’s Sustainability Division. “We look forward to working with Sustainable Waste Solutions to recognize more organizations’ responsible waste management achievements.”

“Having provided landfill-free services to our customers for a number of years, partnering with NSF is a natural progression for us. Our customers will have easy access to third-party verification of their landfill-free claims” said Randy Hendricks, CEO of Sustainable Waste Solutions. “We look forward to working with NSF as we make more businesses landfill-free.”
For more information about NSF Sustainability’s programs, call +1.734.476.2543, email sustainability@nsf.org or visit nsfsustainability.org. 

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Greta Houlahan at media@nsf.org or 734-913-5723.

About Sustainable Waste Solutions (SWS): SWS (landfillfree.com) has been providing landfill-free services to our customers for over five years. Our fleet of trucks has never been to a landfill! Our goal is to make the businesses that we service more environmentally and economically sustainable.  Corporate sustainability goals are a fact of everyday business and we help our customers meet those goals.

About NSF International: NSF International (nsf.org) has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment since 1944. As an independent public health and safety organization, NSF’s mission is to protect human health and the environment through standards development, auditing, testing and certification for the food, water, build/construction, retail, consumer products, chemical and health science industries. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments and operates in more than 150 countries.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. NSF also founded the National Center for Sustainability Standards, a national initiative to support the development of sustainability standard activities. 

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 environmental management systems registration and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Chain of Custody (COC) certifications.

* Process waste includes all waste generated by the company such as manufacturing waste, incoming packaging, office paper and food waste.