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How to obtain the zero waste certificate

    Cómo obtener el certificado residuo cero

    If you have come this far, it is because you are looking for information on how to obtain the AENOR Zero Waste Certificate or you are interested in discovering more information about the process, its requirements and benefits. Find out all about the zero waste certificate in this article from Ziclos Circular Economy.

    What is the Zero Waste certificate?

    In order to promote greater care for the environment, companies must comply with environmental requirements both at the public level and imposed by society. To facilitate the measurement of these efforts, there are procedures and tools applicable in various productive sectors. Zero waste certification publicly recognises those companies that properly manage their waste, energy and emissions, thus contributing to sustainability.

    How is the zero waste certificate achieved?

    To obtain the zero waste certificate, the certification is divided into two levels:

    1. Level towards zero waste: It grants to organisations that recover at least 60% of their waste, continuously working to increase this percentage.
    2. Zero Residue Level: For companies capable of recovering at least 90% of the waste generated.

    Requirements to qualify for certification

    Companies from any sector can choose this certification by following these general steps:

    1. Conduct an inventory of waste, specifying its origin, storage, and destination.
    2. Enhance traceability with greater control over treatment methods.
    3. Work on waste valorization by identifying which parts can be reused.
    4. Implement a minimization plan to reduce water and energy consumption.
    5. Design and implement a management strategy in accordance with regulations.

    For organizations without product design, additional requirements include the creation of a detailed inventory and comprehensive documentation of the traceability and management process. On the other hand, organizations with product design should focus on designing durable products, reducing packaging, and reintegrating discarded materials into the production cycle.

    The certification is granted by AENOR, ensuring that companies comply with requirements integrated into management systems such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001, with a validity period of three years.

    Benefits after obtaining certification

    1. Acquisition of more resources: Valued waste enhances productivity or generates income when sold to other companies.
    2. Adaptation to legal changes: Certification anticipates possible future regulations related to sustainability.
    3. Improvement of brand image: The zero waste policy aligns with Corporate Social Responsibility, generating a better public perception and increasing sales. The certificate has a positive impact both on the company and its surroundings.

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