Zero Waste Facility

PDI obtains a Platinum certification through the Zero Waste Council as we have achieved a 98.3% diversion rate of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment. We are the only Distribution Center in the United States that has this high of certification.

What is Zero Waste?

"Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health."


PDI is committed to continual improvement by reducing our residual waste to landfill by 1% each year until Zero Waste is achieved.

Zero Waste Awards:

  • Platinum Level Zero Waste Certification, United States Zero Waste Business Council/U.S. Green Building Council
  • 2017 Iowa Recycler of the Year, Iowa Recycling Association
  • U.S. EPA 2017 WasteWise Regional Award Winner, United States Environmental Protection Agency



Joe Harms
Director of Environmental Facilities