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06.11.13

Carbon Trust recognises successful waste management

A new Waste Standard has been launched to recognise organisations that are measuring, managing and reducing waste year-on-year.

The Carbon Trust launched the standard to encourage companies to do more to improve their waste management. Organisations need to demonstrate their solid and hazardous waste streams are being reduced every year or being used more effectively.

The standard includes a qualitative assessment to show waste is being managed responsibly, including a diligent procurement policy for goods and waste management services, and looking downstream impacts through products and packaging.

Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “We are living beyond our means, drawing on natural resources at a rate that cannot continue without leading to an ecological and economic crunch. Organisations that fail to bring sustainability inside their operations will face the consequences of increasingly scarce or expensive commodities, water and energy.

“Reducing waste and resource use, along with carbon emissions and water, is a crucial part of the transformation that all businesses will need to make in the next decade. By taking early action and opening themselves up to independent certification showing real reductions, the businesses that hold our Standards are showing themselves to be genuine leaders and are putting themselves in a much stronger competitive position.”

Dr Richard Swannell, director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, said: “WRAP welcomes the Carbon Trust’s waste standard and recognises the challenge than it represents. We wish the Carbon Trust and participating organisations well in tackling this difficult task.”

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