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SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard

Verify your commitment to minimizing waste and progressing further toward sustainable development with the SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard.

Zero Waste is a holistic continuous improvement process. It refers to the conservation of resources through the responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials.

Zero Waste to Landfill

Why choose the SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard?

The SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard evaluates your organization's efforts to minimize waste and avoid adding to landfills. Meeting the requirements of the standard allows your organization to display the SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Mark, which demonstrates your commitment to the sustainable use of resources and will enhance your brand reputation.


SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard verification provides business, environmental and societal benefits:

  • Reduce GHG emissions
  • Increase recycling and reuse of resources
  • Optimize processes
  • Reduce long-term financial risks, as the waste generator’s responsibility for waste sent to landfill extends indefinitely
  • Reduce waste disposal costs
  • Meet stakeholder demands for sustainable production
  • Contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 12
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The verification process

Our verification process is straightforward and can be applied either to your site alone or your site and waste treatment facilities.

  1. Desktop review
    • Kick off meeting
    • Data request
    • Risk analysis
  2. Data verification
    • Site visit
    • Verification of waste inventory
    • Traceability of waste
  3. Findings
    • Findings are discussed during the closing meeting
    • Closing the findings
  4. Technical review
    • Independent review of the complete verification file
  5. Reports and verification statement
    • Verification statement and report
    • Executive summary with identified improvement opportunities
    • SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Mark
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Am I a candidate for the SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Mark?

To meet the requirements for the mark, your organization must have a Zero Waste model that is supported by policies and procedures. It must also supply an inventory of waste and a waste report and meet all local legal requirements regarding waste.

You can contact us to check if your organization is ready for verification.

Why choose SGS?

We provide the world's most comprehensive range of sustainability solutions to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world. The SGS Zero Waste to Landfill standard is one of a series of waste solutions from SGS that will guide you toward your sustainability targets. Whatever the size of your organization, we will help you to implement more efficient processes, address risks and stakeholder concerns and accomplish your sustainability goals.

Contact us today to learn more about the SGS Zero Waste to Landfill Standard.

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CountryClient nameVerified site(s)% diverted waste
ColombiaPapeles Nacionales SAVía Pereira- Cartago, Paraje la Marina, Puerto Caldas81%

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