Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste-to-landfill, an achievement that gives the automaker the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.
Oakville Assembly is the first Ford assembly plant in North America to achieve this designation.
The Essex Engine Plant received landfill-free status in 2012 and Windsor Engine Plant in 2013. A total of 21 Ford facilities around the globe maintain zero waste-to-landfill status. By Ford’s definition this means that those facilities do not send any operational waste to a landfill.
In 2013, Oakville Assembly recycled about 2,000 metric tons of wood, cardboard, paper and plastic, saving more than 5,000 cubic meters of landfill space and more than 32 million liters of water. The plant also sends its wastewater treatment plant sludge to a power generation company, where it is converted into energy for use back in the community.
Oakville Assembly plant’s success will help Ford achieve its target of reducing global waste to landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016. Ford has already reduced global per vehicle waste to landfill by 40 per cent from 2007 to 2011.
Other automakers have set landfill-free goals including General Motors, which currently has 111 landfill-free sites, and has committed to achieving 125 landfill-free facilities by 2020.