TRUE

A certification for zero waste performance 

Less waste, higher efficiency, better savings. TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification helps facilities  define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health.

TRUE is a whole-systems approach aimed at changing how materials flow. It encourages the redesign of resource lifecycles so that all products are reused. It promotes processes that consider the entire lifecycle of products used within a facility to minimize waste output.

A better approach to resource use 

TRUE does not require big financial investments. TRUE implementation can be as simple as transforming trash bins into recycling bins and fostering a zero waste culture.

Cut your ecological footprint

Facilities pursing TRUE certification commit to reducing materials, recycling, considering the entire product life and reparability. This results in longer product lives, reparability and easier disassembly at end of life.

Support public health & ecosystems

TRUE supports systems that encourage material reuse and recycling, reducing the air, water and land pollution that threaten public health and ecosystems.

Advance a green economy

TRUE promotes environmental and economic sustainability while reducing costs and stimulating jobs. 

About Pricing

Canadian pricing is now available for TRUE certification, with CAGBC members receiving special discounts. Registering a project is the first step toward earning certification. Contact CAGBC to process your registration.

Be recognized as TRUE Advisor

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.

CASE STUDIES

Riverside Natural Foods

Sustainability, Nutrition & Leadership, Naturally Canadian-owned Riverside Natural Foods creates healthy, allergy-friendly snacks,…
October 1, 2020

Cintas Toronto Distribution Centre

A comprehensive, employee-led strategy leads to one of Canada’s first TRUE certifications When…
June 1, 2019

Que Pasa Mexican Foods

Canada’s first TRUE certified project part of a journey towards becoming a zero…
March 1, 2019

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