Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has achieved “zero landfill” status at 62 of its manufacturing plants worldwide by recycling or reusing all normal plant waste. Overall, 43 per cent of its global manufacturing facilities no longer send any production waste to landfill sites.
The company’s goal, announced in 2008, is to convert half of its major manufacturing facilities worldwide into landfill-free operations by the end of 2010.
“We’ve been working for quite some time at eliminating waste and developing support systems to recycle or reuse wastes we can’t yet eliminate,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice-president of environment, energy and safety policy. “These plants have taken this process to its highest level. They are leading General Motors and the worldwide manufacturing industry.”
The landfill-free status covers 27 facilities in North America, including St. Catharines and Ingersoll in Ontario, plus 21 in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and 14 in Europe. On average, more than 97 per cent of waste materials at these plants is recycled or reused, and about three per cent is converted to energy.