Certificate of Recycling: What It Is and Why You Need One

In simple terms, a certificate of recycling documents the amount and type of waste that is recycled by an organization and is proof that your company is compliant with the standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While valuable, the benefit to your company doesn’t stop with government compliance. Below are three hidden advantages that make a certificate of recycling an indispensable asset to your company:

    Provides Proof of Compliance with Government Requirements: The EPA recommends that to demonstrate compliance with government regulations, processors and handlers provide a certificate of recycling that includes key information, such as materials recycled, amount and date of processing. This documentation ensures your company is prepared in the event of inspections.

    Supports Corporate Stewardship: As companies are becoming more environmentally aware, many are adopting a policy of corporate stewardship that addresses the interdependent nature of their relationship with the communities where they live and work. By securing a certificate of recycling you are demonstrating your commitment to the community, preserving the environment, as well as showcasing your corporate values.

    Your Sustainable Business Practices Can Help Your Bottom-Line: Good business practices don’t stop with profitability and customer service. The Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report shows that globally 66 percent of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand, with 58 percent specifically citing companies that are environmentally friendly. Put another way, a certificate of recycling from a well-respected waste organization not only demonstrates your compliance with the government, but also with your customers.

Seek a recycling partner with a policy to provide a certificate of recycling that details everything a customer would need to show compliance, not only with the government but also with customers.

About the Author

Bobby Farris
Bobby Farris is the general manager of TerraCycle Regulated Waste, a subsidiary of TerraCycle, a collector and recycler of waste streams that are traditionally considered not recyclable. Rather than focusing on a single waste stream for recycling and then building the infrastructure around it, TerraCycle has built the processes to design a profitable recycling solution for almost everything that is considered waste. Farris’ division specifically focuses on regulated waste materials, including fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and electronics.

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