The abstract for ‘ISO 14001 and solid waste generation rates in US manufacturing organizations: an analysis of relationship‘ (Franchetti, M, 2011) describes ‘The purpose of this paper is to study the impact of ISO 14001 and other significant factors on solid waste generation rates of organizations. The research is based on a survey conducted on a random sample of industrial companies that operate in United States. The paper reveals that companies’ solid waste generation rates are significantly reduced by certification and identifies several factors of ISO 14001 that are most significant in terms of solid waste reduction. The paper also reveals that solid waste disposal costs are also significant and influence the solid waste generation of industrial companies’.
The research looks to examine the difference between companies who have ISO 14001 certification to see if certification leads to lower solid waste rates. Surveys were sent to a variety of US comp-anies in a range of different sectors. The collected data was used to compare the performance of those certified to those not certified to ISO 14001.
The results of the research showed,’indicated that the solid waste generation rates were reduced by ISO 14001 certification for each the eight waste groups, indicating the usefulness of the certification to decrease the environmental impact’. Furthermore, ‘the more average waste a group generated, the higher the impact of the certification’.
The reports concludes that, ‘The results of this paper are a significant step in the direction toward resolution of the conflict of whether or not the implementation of ISO 14001 standard drives tangible improvements in companies’ environmental performance. Using the results from this paper, companies can learn more about the benefits of ISO 14001 certification and solid waste generation rates of similar businesses. Companies also could be able, through this research, to justify the expenses of efforts associated with ISO 14001 registration’.
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