Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 20, 2015

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Increasingly, companies are aiming to be more environmentally friendly, and one of the measurable means toward that end is establishing facilities and operations that send zero waste to landfills. There are several firms that verify these claims by companies. Some businesses and organizations are going a facility at a time to achieve zero waste goals while others have pushed for their entire company to take on a landfill-free persona.

Not everyone finds it a 100-percent positive when companies trumpet their zero-waste achievements. Some believe including waste to energy in the mix is not truly zero waste. Burning waste destroys resources and doesn't reduce waste, they say. And there's always concerns that companies are greenwashing, or promoting themselves as better environmental stewards than they really are.

Nevertheless, the number of lanfdill-free operations is piling up. We present here 20 examples of companies achieving landfill-free status at one facility, several operations or for their entire firms. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but a sampling of what corporations are doing with the environment in mind.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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