The following 7 policies and practices are required for a project to earn and maintain TRUE certification:
- Company or project seeking certification has a zero waste policy in place.
- Project has achieved an average 90% or greater overall diversion from landfill, incineration (WTE), and the environment for solid, non-hazardous wastes (referred to as “materials” herein) for the most recent 12 months. Diverted materials are reduced, reused, recycled, composted and/or recovered for productive use in nature or the economy.
- Project meets all federal, state/provincial and local solid waste and recycling laws and regulations. Project complies with all air, water and land discharge permits required for collection, handling or processing of materials.
- Project has data documenting a base year of waste diversion data, and measurements since the base year that adjust for changes in size, type and nature of business.
- Project does not exceed a 10% contamination level for any materials that leave the site.
- Project submits 12 months of waste diversion data to GBCI annually to keep the certification current.
- Company submits a case study of zero waste initiatives.
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