Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that 52 per cent of its worldwide facilities are now landfill-free, meaning that all waste generated from normal operations is reused, recycled or converted to energy.
The company now has 76 landfill-free facilities, achieving a global operations commitment established in 2008 to convert 50 per cent of its 145 plants to landfill-free status by the end of 2010.
GM employees focus first on decreasing the amount of waste generated and then work to recycle the unavoidable waste. This year, the company has recycled or reused 2.5 million tons of waste material at its plants worldwide. Through this annual recycling rate, the company estimates that it has eliminated 8.4 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from entering the atmosphere.
The first facility to achieve landfill-free status was an engine plant in Flint, Michigan in 2005.