GAF‘s Myerstown, Pa., plant is the first asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve the Waste Diversion from Landfill certification. The industry-first certification was awarded by GreenCircle Certified LLC, the leading certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations. The Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates an organization’s commitment to the responsible management of end-of-life materials. Operating at a high rate of efficiency, GAF’s Myerstown shingle plant generates low levels of waste and makes an effort to recycle its waste streams.
GreenCircle’s Waste Diversion Certification is based on a comprehensive review of all the plant’s material flows and downstream waste management. GAF is pleased to have achieved a waste diversion rate of 83%, meaning that 83% of the plant’s waste material is recycled. The certification provides a meaningful benchmark that will be used to drive continuous improvement. It is expected that GAF’s waste diversion rate will increase as it identifies additional recycling opportunities for challenging materials, such as non-woven glass mat.
As concerns over end-of-life material management increase, manufacturers are being called upon to lead the way and find innovative solutions. “Waste Diversion from Landfill is becoming a critical sustainable performance measure for many organizations,” says Tad Radzinski, certification officer at GreenCircle. “GAF’s industry-first certification signifies its dedication to sustainability and continuous improvement.”
The growth in the green building market is fueling a demand for honesty and integrity from building product suppliers like GAF. Third-party certification of sustainability claims is essential in establishing credibility and gaining consumer confidence. “At GAF, we are committed to sustainability and transparency,” says Tim Machelski, GAF’s senior vice president of manufacturing operations. “Having our waste diversion rates reviewed and certified by a third party is a crucial part of our program, ensuring accuracy and reinforcing trust in our sustainability claims.”