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ExxonMobil Receives ‘Zero Waste To Landfill’ Validation

ExxonMobil announced January 15 that its global network of lubricants-blending and -packaging plants, which manufacture all Mobil-branded products, has received the Zero Waste to Landfill Silver validation from UL. ExxonMobil is the first petroleum products company to secure this validation.

 The company’s lubricant operation is successfully diverting more than 90 percent of the waste produced in its global plant network from local landfills. More than 50,000 tons of waste produced per year are being redeployed into new, productive uses that will bring greater value to the environment and the economy, the company said in the announcement.

“Reducing environmental impact is an important focus for ExxonMobil and a core part of our commitment to operating responsibly everywhere we do business,” said Terry Neal, global lubricant operations manager at ExxonMobil. “Achieving UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill at the silver level is an accomplishment toward our goal to ‘Protect Tomorrow. Today.’ and further demonstrates our commitment to bring all consumers high quality solutions to meet their business objectives.”

To achieve the validation, ExxonMobil implemented a range of waste diversion techniques and strategies across its lubricant production network. Specifically, the company identified 14 types of waste produced at these facilities that could either be avoided entirely, reused or recycled.

ExxonMobil began developing this waste management program in 2012, and by 2015 had implemented it across the globe. Examples of these programs in the marine industry include ExxonMobil’s membership in IMPA ACT, the responsible supply chain management and corporate social responsibility platform for the international shipping and marine industry. The global initiative has established a supplier code of conduct that embodies a set of social, environmental and economic principles that are based on internationally endorsed UN minimum expectations for businesses.

“For a company like ExxonMobil, which has operations facilities across the globe, achieving UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill Silver validation is no easy feat,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager at UL. “The program’s rigorous validation process is designed to recognize companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways, and ExxonMobil has implemented a comprehensive, far-reaching program that meets this rigor and reflects its commitment to operating in an environmentally responsible way.”

UL’s waste diversion validation program monitors and measures material flows in and out of facilities. It provides an objective basis for quantifying waste diversion rates so that consumers can more accurately assess claims and make meaningful comparisons between waste diversion rates among competing organizations.