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A Full 86 GM Facilities Are Now Landfill-Free

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On July 11, 2011 @ 8:33 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News,Recycling initiatives | 1 Comment

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General Motors [1] has been quietly greening its manufacturing facilities, powering plants with landfill gas [2] and bringing 76 of them (over half of its 145 plants) to landfill-free status in the last few years. Now the company is moving on to non-manufacturing facilities, with 10 now reusing, recycling [3], or converting to energy [4] all of their waste instead of shipping it to landfills. “Our non-manufacturing facilities see the importance of being waste-reduction leaders, and they know their customers value it as well,” said John Bradburn, manager of GM’s waste-reduction efforts. “Being landfill-free has become a point of pride for our people and we hope even more facilities achieve the goal this year.”

 

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A Customer Care and Aftersales facility in Flint, Michigan, that is pursuing landfill-free status is using bio-based eco-foam made from extruded corn starch to pack sheet metal. A landfill-free CCA center in Burton, Michigan, features a patented technology to shear and separate cardboard attached to wood pallets so that both can be recycled [3]. The machine not only allowed the Burton facility to achieve landfill-free status this year; it also generates $20,000 a month from recycled cardboard. GM’s goal is to convert another 10 facilities to landfill-free status by the end of this year. According to GM, all of the company’s worldwide facilities combined, including regular and landfill-free plants, recycled 92 percent of the waste they generated last year. Now that’s a far cry from the reckless General we knew a few years ago. We’re looking forward to seeing General Motors continue to go green.

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