Cintas Corp., Cincinnati, has announced that its distribution center in Dallas has received Gold under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification system administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), Washington.
Since Cintas launched its waste reduction initiatives in 2013, it has had seven distribution locations certified.
“This certification is an honor for our Dallas location, which has made great strides toward Cintas’ corporate goal to shrink its ecological footprint,” says Valerie Dodge, Dallas DC manager, Cintas. “Our team has worked very hard to foster a zero waste culture and identify ways to increase recycling and repurposing of materials.”
The Dallas distribution center was awarded the TRUE Zero Waste certification as a result of the facility strategically diverting at least 90 percent of its waste stream from landfill, incineration and the environment; has a zero waste policy in place; and met the TRUE Zero Waste certification requirements over the past 12 months, according to GBCI.
Looking ahead, Cintas says it is preparing for certifications at its Chicago distribution center and a new location in the Columbus, Ohio, region. Cintas also plans to incorporate a model of its zero-waste-to-landfill program at its rental laundry plants and rental locations to further limit the amount of waste produced and sent to landfill.
“With this latest certification, Cintas has once again proven its dedication to manage waste responsibly across its distribution centers,” says Stephanie Barger, director, market transformation and development, TRUE Zero Waste Program. “The Dallas location is another testament to the impact that organizations can make when they commit to rethinking the resource life cycle.”
The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health, according to its website. TRUE says it is a whole-systems approach aimed at changing how materials flow through society, resulting in no waste. The system encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused.
GBCI independently recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.