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Achieve TRUE Zero Waste

Achieving over 90% diversion rate from landfill and inceration requires a review and overhaul to what comes into a facility, how it's used, and how it leaves. This process demands the developement of policies, a specialized review of the scope of materials, analysis of all generation points and the miticulous documentation of all credits.

Companies striving to achieve this standard must allocate the time, training and resources towards assuring that requirements are fully met. SJMC has developed 4 service packages to ease this process for companies.

This is where the fun begins! By having SJMC conduct a confidential review of the facilities performance against TRUE Certification standards, management will recieve an accurate assessment of their operational performance. The Mock Audit is a 2- day process of assessing buildings, grounds, and equipment, documenting the findings, and recommending service options to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and save money. Thus, a Mock Audit provides the landscape against which all future facility efforts and planning occurs. Find out more about the TRUE Mock Audit by emailing SJMC here.

The minimum requirements, and frankly the backbone of the TRUE program, are the 7 policies and practices required for a project to earn and maintain TRUE Zero Waste certification. SJMC works with facility departments to assess, plan, and achieve the following commitments:
  • 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.
    Find out more about the TRUE Baseline Basics by emailing SJMC here.

The creation of a Environmentally Preffered Products Policy is an intimate process of reviewing incomming products and evaluating their source, operational and downstream effect on the environment.
  • Write, adopt, and implement an EPP guideline or policy that reduces waste or addresses zero waste products, packaging, or services.
  • Include a directive in the written EPP policy or guideline that durable goods are first preference for purchase over disposable items.
  • Write, adopt, and implement a guideline or policy stating that certified sustainably produced paper and wood products are first preference for purchase. 
  • Ensure environmentally preferred items are identified as such in purchasing catalogs and/or websites. 
  • Create system to track the purchase of environmentally preferred products and materials that address zero waste. 
  • Create a written policy or enact a standard practice that used, refurbished, and/or remanufactured goods are first preference for purchase over new items. Policy or guideline can be a directive included in the EPP policy.
  • Enact an environmentally preferred purchasing policy or standard practice that reduces waste or addresses zero waste products, packaging or services not currently recognized in any category of the rating system.
    Find out more about TRUE EPP Policy Development by emailing SJMC here.

TRUE is a whole systems approach aimed at changing how materials flow through society, resulting in no waste. TRUE encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. TRUE promotes processes that consider the entire lifecycle of products used within a facility. With TRUE, your facility can demonstrate to the world what you’re doing to minimize your waste output. TRUE certified spaces are environmentally responsible, more resource efficient and help turn waste into savings and additional income streams. By closing the loop, they cut greenhouse gases, manage risk, reduce litter and pollution, reinvest resources locally, create jobs and add more value for their organization and community. With SJMC's Project Management services for full TRUE certification assistance, your facility is gaurenteed to meet the certification standards.
Find out more about TRUE Zero Waste Project Management by emailing SJMC here.

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