Apple is working towards UL Environment Waste Diversion Validation, or Zero Waste Validation, as part of its broadened sustainability strategy. The brand, known for its environmentally conscious corporate practices, is now working with UL to validate the waste streams of its massive manufacturing complex in Shenzhen, China. The facility, owned and operated by Foxconn, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and a key supplier for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Foxconn said it is “proud of the progress made” in reducing its waste stream “and look[s] forward to expanding our efforts to continue promoting a greener ecosystem throughout China and globally.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook: “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort.”

Donald Mayer, Global Sales and Business Development Manager for UL Environment, said his firm began working with Apple more than a year ago to develop a zero-waste program for the sprawling Guanlan plant. Mayer said UL’s ECVP 2799 standard is one of the toughest to meet for manufacturers because it requires that virtually all waste streams be managed, inspected and audited to achieve compliance.

To read more about Apple’s Zero Waste Validation in Shenzhen, view the Climate Wire article, Chinese iPhone supplier polishes image with environmental certification. For more information on Apple’s Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility strategies as a whole, refer to their finite resources page.