Less waste, higher efficiency, greater savings

TRUE is a zero waste certification program dedicated to measuring, improving and recognizing zero waste performance.

What we do

Rethink the resource life cycle

TRUE is a whole systems approach that aims to transform the way materials flow through society, leading to zero waste. It advocates for the adoption of sustainable resource management and waste reduction practices that have positive environmental, health, and economic outcomes. TRUE promotes the redesigning of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. It encourages processes that take into account the entire lifecycle of products used within a facility. By following TRUE, your facility can showcase how you are minimizing your waste output.

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A better approach to resource use and facility operations

TRUE implementation can be as simple as transforming waste bins into recycling bins and fostering a zero-waste culture, without requiring significant financial investments.

Support public health & ecosystems

With TRUE, you support systems that encourage material reuse and recycling. TRUE is your tool to help eliminate pollution — in our air, water and land — which threaten public health and ecosystems.

Cut your ecological footprint

By participating in TRUE certification, facilities commit to reducing materials, using recycled and more benign materials, longer product lives, reparability and ease of disassembly at end of life.

Advance a green economy

TRUE promotes positive forces for environmental and economic sustainability in the built environment by protecting the environment, reducing costs and producing jobs throughout our economy.

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Save on operational costs with TRUE

TRUE certified spaces are environmentally responsible, more resource efficient and help turn waste into savings and additional income streams. By closing the loop, they cut greenhouse gases, manage risk, reduce litter and pollution, reinvest resources locally, create jobs and add more value for their company and community.

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TRUE Advisor for professionals

Be recognized as a zero waste professional

TRUE Advisors are professionals who are trained on the TRUE Rating System. TRUE Advisors understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification and are committed to advancing zero waste values and policies. As a TRUE Advisor, you’ll be the resident expert at your company in supporting and implementing zero waste programs and leading facilities through the certification process.

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