SCS Global Services Launches Zero Waste Standard
May 7, 2021
Zero Waste Standard enables companies to demonstrate the degree to which
their waste streams are prevented, reused, or diverted from the
landfill. It is robust yet flexible to allow companies to demonstrate
incremental improvements, and to stimulate participation based on
regional supply chain differences. As companies look to improve their
ESG ratings and strengthen their corporate messages and investment
profiles, this third-party certification will provide assurance
year-after-year for corporations and their individual facility sites.
The SCS Zero Waste Standard stands apart from other zero waste
standards in several key ways:
Facilities participate and are recognized for waste diversion of 50%
or greater. The actual diversion percentage achieved at each facility
over a twelve-month period is certified and this percentage is reflected
on the certificate. Facilities achieving 99% diversion are certified as
The Standard provides a cost-effective option for multi-site
certification where all participating sites are assessed, involving a
representative sampling of sites for on-site audits each year.
It allows for diversion of hazardous waste to count towards overall
It recognizes waste-to-energy if a facility diverts no more than 25% of
its waste using waste-to-energy production.
“This is a different kind of Zero Waste standard,” said Stanley Mathuram,
SCS Executive Vice President. “It aims to meet companies where they are
in their waste reduction journey at their individual facilities by
acknowledging the waste diversion they’ve already achieved, as well as
continuing to drive waste management toward the zero goal post.”
Since SCS Zero Waste certification takes place at the facility level,
corporations can include the findings for that specific facility in
their overall sustainability goals and reporting, even if other
facilities have not yet achieved the same levels of waste diversion.
This approach encourages corporations to benchmark best practices at one
facility and expand those practices across their corporate facility
“SCS has always identified gaps where existing standards do not fully
address real-life business needs,” said Inna Kitaychik, Operations
Manager for the SCS Zero Waste Program. “We saw a need for businesses to
have more flexibility in documenting their waste minimization and
diversion efforts to showcase their commitment to sustainability and the
environment. We developed this standard to enable companies to be more
transparent with the progress of their sustainability goals and give
them the confidence of accurately reporting and communicating their
waste diversion data.”
certification to this standard provides credible assurance for companies
tracking the progress of their waste minimization and diversion
accomplishments through internal recordkeeping, thereby supporting
external communications to inform the public of their commitment to
their sustainability and ESG goals.
Waste generation and disposal have long been recognized as a major
environmental problem. Globally, as resource availability becomes more
constrained, more efficient use of materials is increasingly important
to ensure that resources continue to be available to future generations.
Companies recognize the need for substantial reduction in waste
generation and diversion of wastes to useable new materials and products
as part of their responsibility under the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.