GP Batteries Earns Gold UL Zero Waste to Landfill Validation for its Battery Manufacturing Facility in Tebrau, Malaysia
The mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is more than a way of life or business; for GP Batteries, it’s a promise. In 2020, we delivered on that promise and became the first in the battery industry to receive UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill Silver Validation (ZWTL) for our two battery manufacturing plants in ASEAN, and a NiMH battery manufacturing plant in Greater China. This important validation recognizes companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways — from energy production via incineration to reuse, recycling and composting.
Recently, GP Batteries marked another milestone in its commitment to advancing sustainability performance by earning UL’s Gold ZWTL Validation for a manufacturing facility located in Tebrau, Malaysia, the first plant in the country to earn gold level validation.
“GP Batteries’ achievement of Gold ZWTL Validation for its newest plant in Malaysia, combined with its continued improvement of waste diversion performance in its other three plants, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to improving sustainability performance,”
- said Doug Lockard, UL’s Vice President and General Manager for Retail and Consumer Products.
As the first plant in Malaysia to earn the Gold ZWTL Validation, GP Batteries’ Tebrau plant has met the requirement of waste diversion levels of 95–99% by implementing best practices and process improvements that have helped increase waste diversion.
GP Batteries’ project teams on location in Malaysia continue to be dedicated to the zero waste to landfill initiative and carry out the project in unique ways based on their particular locations, challenges, and waste streams with an emphasis on waste classification and sorting.
In addition to extensive staff training to ensure waste is correctly diverted for recycling or reuse, innovative practices have also been put in place, including reusing metal or plastic bins as trash cans to fully utilize the recycled resources.
“We are proud that our efforts have enabled us to achieve greater waste diversion rates thus further advancing our sustainability performance. We will continue to work with UL on various initiatives to further enhance our waste tracking and management, and continuously improve our sustainability performance.”
- said Victor Chong, President of GP Batteries
Devised to measure and validate companies’ commitment to diverting waste, UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill Validation offers a credible third-party verification, which allows companies and organizations to prove their environmental leadership in the market. GP Batteries has worked with UL to continue to advance its zero waste to landfill efforts with the vision that more facilities will achieve validation in the years to come.
To learn more about Zero Waste To Landfill Validation, visit UL.com.