GRI Disclosures

General Disclosures


GRI 2-1: Organizational Details
a. Legal name MIP V Waste, LLC dba GreenWaste
b. Public or privately held & legal form of company Privately held LLC
c. Headquarters location San Jose, CA
d. Countries of operation United States
GRI 2-2: Entities included in the organization’s sustainability reporting
a. Entities included in ESG reporting GreenWaste Recovery, LLC; Zanker Road Resource Management, LLC, Zero Waste Energy Development, LLC; G W Debris Services, LLC; GreenWaste of Palo Alto, LLC
b. If entities in company’s financial reporting (public only) are also included in ESG reporting or if not, explain differences N/A
c. If have multiple entities, explain approach used for consolidating ESG info including:  
c.i. Any adjustments for minority interests N/A
c.ii. How data takes into account mergers, acquisitions, and asset sell-offs One acquisition was incorporated into Scope 1 aggregated reporting this year. Scope 2 data for this acquisition was not available and was not included in site aggregation.
c.iii. If approach differs across the GRI general disclosures and material topics Our approach does not differ.
GRI 2-3: Reporting period, frequency and contact point
a. Start/end dates of ESG reporting & frequency Annual Reporting, from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
b. Financial reporting time period (public only) N/A
c. Publication date of ESG report TBD
d. Contact for questions about report
GRI 2-4: Restatements of information
a. Any restatements of information from previous reporting period. If no restatement, then state so. 2023 is GreenWaste’s second year reporting in accordance with GRI; no restatements of previous reporting are included.
a.i. The reasons for the restatements N/A
a.ii. The effect of the restatements N/A
GRI 2-5: External assurance
a. External assurance policy including whether highest governance board (HGB) and senior executives (SE) are involved See Tracking, Measuring, and Reporting Success, pg 4. Previous years’ reporting data has been externally verified by an independent third party. Data assurance for the 2023 reporting year is in process.
b.i. Link or reference to the external assurance report
b.ii. Description of what has been assured, on what basis, assurance standards used, the level of assurance obtained, and any limitations
b.iii. Description of the relationship between company and the assurance provider (level of independence)
GRI 2-6: Activities, value chain and other business relationships
a. The industry specific sector(s) in which we operate 562111: Collecting and/or hauling in combination with disposal of nonhazardous waste materials; 562920: Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials from nonhazardous waste streams and/or for sorting commingled recyclable materials; 562219: Nonhazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities; 325315 – Compost Manufacturing
b. Description of value chain, including:  
b.i. Company activities, products, services, and markets served See Facilities page for detailed activity and market information.
b.ii. Upstream activities/supply chain  
b.iii. Downstream entities including customers and distributors  
c. Other relevant business relationships including business partners  
d. Description of any significant changes from previous reporting period  
GRI 2-7: Employees
a. Total no. of employees, by gender, by region 1061 total full and part time, with 177 female permanent employees and 884 male permanent employees. All employees work in the state of California. There is no demographic data available for temporary employees.
b.i.-v. No. of permanent, temporary, non-guaranteed hours, full-time & part-time employees, w/ breakdown by gender, by region 1057 permanent, including 4 regular part-time, all in the state of California. Breakdown not available for contracted and temporary employees.
c. Methodologies and assumptions used to compile data Relies on Employee Disclosure at time of hire.
c.i. Is data presented as head count or FTE or another methodology Headcount
c.ii. Whether data is presented at the end of reporting period, as avg across reporting period, or presented another way Presented as of December 31st, 2023 (end of reporting period).
d. Any contextual information needed to explain the data  
e. Describe any significant fluctuations in no. of employees and reasons for fluctuations N/A
GRI 2-9: Governance structure and composition
a. Describe governance structure including committees of the HGB See Governance, pg 17. Board structured for six voting members, of which three are independent, and one non-voting member.  The board included 50% gender and 50% ethnic diversity and only four voting members at end of reporting period. 
b. List committees of the HGB that are responsible for decision-making and oversight of management of impacts on ESG
c. Composition of HGB and its committees by:
c.i. Executive and non executive members;
c.ii. Independence
c.iii. Tenure of members
c.iv. No. of other significant positions and commitments held by each member and the nature of the commitments
c.v. Gender Under-represented social groups
c.vii. Competencies relevant to the impact of GW
c.viii. Stakeholder representation
GRI 2-11: Chair of the highest governance body
a. Whether the chair of the HGB is also a senior executive (SE) The Chair of the Board is not a senior executive of GW.
b. If the chair is also a SE, explain their management function, the reasons for the arrangement, and how conflicts of interest are prevented and mitigated N/A
GRI 2-12: Role of the highest governance body in overseeing the management of impacts
a. Describe role of the HGB and of SEs in developing, approving, and updating GW’s purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to ESG See Board of Managers Services Agreement, revised January 2024.
b. Describe role of the HGB in overseeing due diligence/other processes to identify and manage impacts of GW on ESG, including:
b.i. Whether and how the HGB engages with stakeholders
b.ii. How the HGB considers the outcomes of these processes
c. Describe the role of the HGB in reviewing the effectiveness of GW processes as described in 2-12 b., and report the review frequency
GRI 2-13: Delegation of responsibility for managing impacts
a. Describe how the HGB delegates responsibility for managing GW’s impacts on ESG, including: See ESG Committee Charter and Board of Managers Service Agreement.
a.i. Whether the HGB has appointed any SEs with responsibility for the management of impacts
a.ii. Whether the HGB has delegated responsibility for the management of impacts to other employees
b. Describe the process and frequency for SEs or other employees to report to the HGB on the management of the impacts on ESG
GRI 2-14: Role of the highest governance body in sustainability reporting
a. Whether the HGB is responsible for reviewing and approving reported ESG info, including the material topics. if so, describe process for reviewing and approving ESG info See ESG Committee Charter.
b. b. If the HGB is not responsible for reviewing and approving ESG info, including materials topics, explain reason
GRI 2-15: Conflicts of interest
a. Describe the processes for the HGB to ensure that conflicts of interest are prevented and mitigated See Board of Managers Services Agreement, revised January 2024.
b. Report whether conflicts of interest are disclosed to stakeholders, including, at a minimum, conflicts related to:
b.i. Cross-board membership
b.ii. Cross shareholding with suppliers and other stakeholders
b.iii. Existence of controlling shareholders
b.iv. Related parties, their relationships, transactions, and outstanding balances
GRI 2-16: Communication of critical concerns
a. Describe whether/how critical concerns are communicated to the HGB See Employee Handbook on our website. In 2023, we had one Red Flag report, which was submitted to the Board and mitigated.
b. Report total no. and the nature of critical concerns that were communicated to the HGB during the reporting period
GRI 2-21: Annual Total Compensation Ratio
a. Report the ratio of the percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organization’s highest-paid individual to the median percentage increase in annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) 1.16:1
GRI 2-22: Statement on sustainable development strategy
a. Statement from the HGB or most SE about the relevance of ESG to GW and its ESG strategy See Our 2023 Sustainability Update, pg 3.
GRI 2-23: Policy commitments
a. Describe policy commitments for responsible business conduct, including: See Our Governing Policies on our website.
a.i. The authoritative intergovernmental instruments the commitments reference
a.ii. Whether the commitments stipulate conducting due diligence
a.iii. Whether the commitments stipulate applying the precautionary principle N/A
a.iv. Whether the commitments stipulate respecting human rights See Our Human Rights Policy.
b. Describe its specific policy commitment to respect human rights, including:
b.i. Internationally recognized human rights that the commitment covers
b.ii Categories of stakeholders, including at-risk or vulnerable groups, given particular attention to in the commitment
c. Provide links to the policy commitments if publicly available, or, if the policy commitments are not publicly available, explain why
d. Report the level at which each of the policy commitments was approved within GW and if it is the most senior level See Our Governing Policies on our website.
e. Report the extent to which the policy commitments apply to GW’s activities and to its business relationships
f. Describe how the policy commitments are communicated to workers, business partners, and other relevant parties
GRI 2-24: Embedding policy commitments
a. Describe how policy commitments are embedded for responsible business conduct throughout GW’s activities and business relationships, including: See Our Governing Policies on our website.
a.i. How responsibility is allocated to implement the commitments across difference levels within GW
a.ii. How GW integrates the commitments into organizational strategies, operational policies and operational procedures
a.iii. How GW implements its commitments with and through the business relationships
a.iv. Training that the organization provides on implementing the commitments
GRI 2-25: Process to remediate negative impacts
a. Describe commitments to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of negative impacts that GW identifies it has caused or contributed to See Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Retaliation in Employee Handbook.
b. Describe the approach to identify and address grievances, including the grievances mechanisms that GW has established or participated in
c. Describe other processes by which GW provides for or cooperates in the remediation of negative impacts identified as having caused or contributed to
d. Describe how the stakeholders who are the intended users of the grievance mechanisms are involved in the design, review, operation, and improvement of these mechanisms
e. Describe how GW tracks the effectiveness of the grievance mechanisms and other remediation processes, and report examples of their effectiveness, including stakeholder feedback
GRI 2-26: Mechanisms for seeking advice and raising concerns
a. Describe the mechanism for individuals to: See Anti-Harassment, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Retaliation in Employee Handbook.
  Seek advice on policies and practices for responsible business conduct
a.ii. Raise concerns about the GW’s business conduct
GRI 2-28: Membership association
  Report industry associations, other membership associations, and national or international advocacy organizations in which GW participates in a significant role In California, we are currently members of:
• California Compost Coalition (CCC)
• California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA)
• Resource Recovery Coalition of California (RRCC)
• Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA)
• California Landscape Association
• The Power Inn AllianceNationally, we are members of:
• Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
• Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA)
• Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
• U.S Green Building Council (USGBC)
• US Composting Council
• Recycling Certification Institute (RCI)
• National Stewardship Action Council
GRI 2-29: Approach to stakeholder engagement
a. Describe approach to engaging with stakeholders, including: See Tracking, Measuring, and Reporting Success, pg 4.
a.i. The categories of stakeholders it engages with, and how they are identified
a.ii. The purpose of the stakeholder engagement
a.iii. How GW seeks to ensure meaningful engagement with stakeholders
GRI 3: Material Topics 2021
3-1 Process to determine material topics See 2022 Sustainability Report.
3-2 List of Material Topics
GRI 200: Economic
GRI 205: Anti-Corruption 2016
205-1 Operations assessed for risks related to corruption See Anti-Corruption Policy.
205-2 Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures
205-3 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken No incidents of corruption were reported.
GRI 206: Anti-Competitive Behavior 2016
206-1 Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices None.
GRI 300: Environmental
GRI 301: Materials 2016
301-1 Materials used by weight or volume See GreenWaste and the Circular Economy, pg 9.
301-2 Recycled input materials used
301-3 Reclaimed products and their packaging materials
GRI 302: Energy 2016
302-1 Energy consumption within the organization 425,835 GJ consumed, with 314,360 GJ coming from renewable sources. 49,654 GJ were devoted to electricity, heating, and/or cooling.
302-2 Energy consumption outside the organization  
302-3 Energy intensity 0.31 GJ/ton of recovered material.
302-4 Reduction of energy consumption See Emissions Inventory, pg 5.
302-5 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services
GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018
303-1 Interactions with water as a shared resource Our water is primarily drawn from onsite wells or third-party sources. We use recycled water at several of our sites for truck washes, dust suppression, and process applications, including runoff collected in detention basins for re-use. GreenWaste complies with applicable regulations for responsible water use.
303-2 Management of water discharge-related impacts Facilities with permits for discharge monitor for priority substances according to permit and regulatory requirements. Our staff is trained to identify, respond to, and prevent leaks or potential leaks.
303-3 Water withdrawal (Ml) 596 Ml withdrawn overall. 62 Ml withdrawn from groundwater and the rest from third parties.
303-4 Water discharge (Ml) 4 Ml of metered discharge under wastewater permit, including 2 Ml to sewer and 2 Ml to offsite disposal. Metering of stormwater discharge is not required.
GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016
304-1 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Our GreenWaste Zanker Resource Recovery Facility is located adjacent to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which contains sensitive marshland and ongoing shoreline restoration projects.
304-2 Significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity GreenWaste complies with environmental regulation regarding the construction, maintenance, and operations of our facilities in proximity to this site. There were no negative impacts attributed to our operations during the reporting period.
304-3 Habitats protected or restored We partner with the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory to support their restoration projects along the San Francisco Bay salt marsh environments. They have used our soil amendments to restore critical tidal marsh – upland ecotone habitat for endangered species. The amendments we provide improve soil quality, moisture retention, and resistance to invasive plant seeds, which enables our partners to invest more in seeding and planting restorative native plants. Additionally, we conduct onsite predator management under oversight from the USDA APHIS to minimize predation on species in neighboring protected areas.
304-4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations Our operations have not been shown to affect the habitats of the sensitive species.
GRI 305: Emissions 2016
305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions See Emissions Inventory, pg 5.
305-2 Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions
305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions
305-4 GHG emissions intensity 0.006 tCO2e/ton of recovered material
305-5 Reduction of GHG emissions See Emissions Inventory, pg 5.
305-6 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Not currently calculated
305-7 Nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), and other significant air emissions
GRI 306: Waste 2020
306-1 Waste generation and significant waste-related impacts See GreenWaste and the Circular Economy, pg 9. 1,360,134.4 tons of waste were diverted and 543,152 tons were disposed prior to end-market processing. After end-market processing, and additional 131,695.7 tons were disposed.
306-2 Management of significant waste-related impacts
306-3 Waste generated
306-4 Waste diverted from disposal
306-5 Waste directed to disposal
GRI 400: Social
GRI 401: Employment 2016
401-1 New employee hires and employee turnover See 2023 Benefit Enhancements, pg 13. There were 33 net new employees and a 14.6% turnover rate in 2023. Use of benefits is currently not tracked.
401-2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees
401-3 Parental leave
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018
403-1 Occupational health and safety management system See our General Safety Policy and Life Saving Rules.
403-2 Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation
403-3 Occupational health services
403-4 Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety
403-5 Worker training on occupational health and safety
403-6 Promotion of worker health
403-7 Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships
403-8 Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system
403-9 Work-related injuries No fatalities. Most frequent injuries were sprains/strains. Employees and temps worked a total of 2,385,528 and 36,002 hours respectively. TRIR: 2.23 per 200,000. Injuries and work-related ill health are counted in combination.
403-10 Work-related ill health
GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity
405-1 Diversity of governance bodies and employees See Diversity at GreenWaste, pg 14. 18-30: 259 employees, 31-50: 524 employees, 51+: 278 employees
405-2 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men Planning for calculation in future reporting years.
GRI 413: Local Communities 2016
413-1 Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs See Engaging Our Communities, pg 15.
413-2 Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities
GRI 418: Customer Privacy 2016
418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data We had a cyber event on November 27th, 2023. Notifications were made as required by California law.