General Motors’ efforts to eliminate the shipment of waste to landfills is spreading to its non-manufacturing sites, ten of which are going to reuse, recycle or convert to energy every last bit of waste in the near future.
GM has been greening its manufacturing facilities, getting 76 of them up to landfill-free status over the past decade. Now, the automaker is moving on to its non-manufacturing facilities, with at least 10 going landfill-free by the end of 2011.
What goes on inside some of GM’s landfill-free sites? Well, a Customer Care and Aftersales facility in Flint, MI, is using bio-based eco-foam made from extruded corn starch to pack sheet metal. A site in Burton, MI uses patented technology to shear and separate cardboard so that it can be recycled. Using tricks like these – and many more – all of GM’s worldwide facilities recycled 92 percent of the waste they generated in 2010. That’s an achievement worth boasting about!
- Loveday, Eric. “General Motors says 86 of 145 facilities will be landfill-free by the end of 2011.” 7-17-2011. www.green.autoblog.com