Achieving zero waste operations: you need the right approach
Tackling waste in your operations is no easy feat. Waste data is often of poor quality and difficult to attain. Many businesses have little understanding of how much or what waste they are generating, where it is going and what impact it is having on the environment. Regional variances in legal requirements, infrastructure and technology make the role-out of global strategies even more challenging.
Waste is a circular problem, so it requires a circular solution. Many businesses try to tackle waste by focusing solely on their own operations by ensuring recycling bins are available across the sites. However, the key to zero waste is designing out waste before it is even created.
TRUE zero waste certification
TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification is the standout option when it comes to zero waste. It is the only zero waste certification that uses the internationally recognised zero waste definition (ZWIA), and it champions the highest and best use of materials in line with the zero waste hierarchy, with a large focus on upstream practices. It aims to help businesses define, pursue, and achieve their zero waste goals, reduce their carbon footprint, and support public health.
Helping you achieve zero waste operations
Zero waste is also not a single-person or single-team effort. To effectively tackle waste, you must successfully engage all teams that impact any materials entering or leaving your site, as well as ensuring that your upstream management and procurement practices are in line with your zero waste goals.
Many businesses do not know where to start on zero waste and working towards a circular economy model. There are multiple standards and certifications out there, making it difficult to assess what the best option is for your business. Not knowing where to start on waste is a problem. We get it.
The benefits of being TRUE certified and championing zero waste
Working with Avieco to achieve zero waste operations
Net Zero is becoming the new normal for companies, facilities, and products alike, with zero waste being a fundamental step towards that goal. Such changes, as well as the ongoing pressure from investors, customers, and other stakeholders, have compelled businesses to move the waste problem to the top of their agenda.
Big multinational corporations such as Tesla and Microsoft have already certified their facilities. However TRUE is applicable to any size of business with a physical site/facility, including buildings owned by businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies and non-profits.
How can we help?
At Avieco, we have a qualified TRUE Advisor on our team. We possess the knowledge to transition your operations towards zero waste, and are committed to advancing your zero waste journey.
We can offer the following support:
- Project manage the TRUE zero waste certification for your facility
- Liaise with different stakeholders and lead engagement to achieve zero waste results
- Provide onsite support in the form of waste audits and zero waste reviews
- Implement strategies, perform analyses and prepare documentation required for submission for the certification
Even if the TRUE certification is not for you, our expert team will work alongside your teams to develop your very own zero-waste programme, specific to your operations. We will map out the materials entering your site to understand what materials, products or services you need to tackle first. We will work with you to identify the best solution for those materials - what can be eliminated, what can be avoided, reused and recycled. Depending on your level of ambition we will develop a programme that will give you quick wins to help your business stand-out.
At Avieco, we have worked with businesses to tackle their global waste problems. We have vast experience of zero waste programme support, through:
- Implementation of the TRUE zero waste certification
- Development of zero waste strategies
- Multinational waste audits
- Sustainable packaging assessments
- Developing packaging and procurement tools specifically designed to leverage zero waste principles
Avieco are currently working with a global tech giant on zero waste strategies in the EMEA and APAC regions, implementing zero waste initiatives using regional knowledge to support the sites towards becoming TRUE zero waste certified.
Take a practical step in the transition towards circularity and zero waste for your business. To find out how we can help your business achieve zero waste operations, contact us about zero waste today.
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