GM Landfill-Free Sites hits 122
Eleven more General Motorsâ€™ facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The companyâ€™s running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.
GMâ€™s new landfill-free facilities include:
- CAMI Assembly (Canada)
- Colmotores Assembly (Colombia)
- Joinville Engine (Brazil)
- Zaragoza Assembly (Spain)
- Zaragoza Stamping (Spain)
- Grand Rapids Operations (Michigan)
- Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center (Michigan)
- GM Heritage Center (Michigan)
- Shanghai Headquarters (China)
- Luton Warehouse (England)
- Fontana Warehouse and Distribution Center (California)
The addition of these 11 facilities to landfill-free status helps GM avoid more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions.
GM says employee awareness is key in the drive to landfill-free. Colmotores Assembly in Colombia launched awareness campaigns that engaged employees in reducing waste and sorting it correctly. GMâ€™s Shanghai headquarters, a LEED-Gold facility, formed a â€śGreen Teamâ€ť spanning IT, finance, facilities, R&D and supply chain departments to identify recycling and waste reduction opportunities.
All of these facilities treat their waste as resources out of place and employ a number of methods to give them a second or third life.
- Reduce: Zaragoza Assembly changed its manufacturing process to reduce solvent consumption from its paint shop; it now reuses 80 percent of it. Packaging continues to be a large waste stream for many plants and CAMI Assembly is tackling it by setting aggressive targets to reduce non-reusable packaging.
- Reuse: Grand Rapids Operationsâ€™ in-house oil recycling saves GM $1.2 million per year. Â It recycles and reuses every gallon of oil it buys from a refinery several times.
- Recycle: CAMI Assembly turns scrap wood into mulch for its wetlands and Grand Rapids Operations recycles grinding wheels as sandpaper. The Grand Rapids site also works with a partner that processes wastewater treatment sludge into a fuel source for the building materials industry.
- Compost: Zaragoza composts wastewater treatment sludge to create fertilizer and Joinville Engine composts its organic cafeteria waste to provide additional nutrients for the siteâ€™s trees and plants.
The company has also published a downloadable blueprint, The Business Case for Zero Waste, intended to help businesses of all sizes and industries reduce waste and create efficiencies.
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