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GM Converts 100th Facility to Landfill-Free Status

Maker now recycling 2.6 million metric tons of trash annually.

by on Jun.19, 2012

Eddie Mora moves a stack of pallets bound for recycling at the General Motors Lansing Customer Care and Aftersales facility in Lansing, Michigan.

Next time you complain about taking out the trash put it into perspective: even if you’ve only got one big green bag you’re still sending more garbage to the local landfill than 100 of General Motors’ assembly plants and other facilities.

The maker today announced that it has converted its Lansing Customer Care and Aftersales facility to landfill-free status.  That makes it the 100th GM site to completely recycle 100% of its waste.

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“Our landfill-free program continues to strengthen our business by creating efficiencies, generating revenue and inspiring innovation with products made from recycled content,” Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs, said in a statement. “It’s a mission that’s integrated within our business processes. Everyone here plays a role in its success.”


GM Recycles Waste From Gulf Oil Spill For Use In Chevy Volt

Maker’s efforts save 100 miles of booms from going into landfills.

by on Dec.20, 2010

Oil-soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico are transformed into plastic parts for the Chevy Volt.

General Motors’ efforts to burnish the Chevrolet Volt’s “clean and green” image have now extended into the oil-soaked waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The maker has been able to recycle the polypropylene plastics used in the oil booms that were set out to contain and capture the oil spilled by a runaway British Petroleum well.  In all, about 100 miles of booms were recovered and reused, according to Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety policy.

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GM and its suppliers are turning the re-cycled material into plastic parts used in the Volt, such as a shroud for the radiator, Robinson said.

“Creative recycling is one extension of GM’s overall strategy to reduce its environmental impact,” Robinson said, noting that the maker already finds ways to eliminate landfilling at 76 of its facilities.  The recycling of Gulf oil booms, he added, “is a good example of using this expertise and applying it to a greater magnitude.”


Sixty Two GM Plants Eliminate Landfill Waste

More than 40% of global operations produce "zero landfill."

by on May.06, 2010

Materials recycled this year include 650,000 tons of metal, 16,600 tons of wood, 21,600 tons of cardboard, and 3,600 tons of plastic.

Sixty-two General Motors Company manufacturing plants have achieved “zero landfill” status by recycling or reusing all normal plant wastes, the Detroit based automaker said today. This means 43% of its global manufacturing facilities no longer send any production waste to landfills.

GM’s goal, announced in 2008, is to convert half of its major manufacturing facilities worldwide into landfill free operations by the end of 2010. To date, GM is now close to delivering on that commitment.

“We’ve been working for quite some time at eliminating waste and developing support systems to recycle or reuse wastes we can’t yet eliminate,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety policy. “These plants have taken this process to its highest level. They are leading General Motors and the worldwide manufacturing industry.”

Landfill-free GM plants include 27 facilities in North America, 21 facilities in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and 14 facilities in Europe.

On average, more than 97% of waste materials from GM’s zero landfill plants are recycled or reused and about 3% is converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities replacing fossil fuels. More than 2 million tons of waste materials will be recycled or reused at GM plants worldwide this year. An additional 45,000 tons will be converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities.

Other GM facilities also attain high levels of recycling. Overall, GM’s global facilities currently recycle more than 90% of the waste produced.

GM claims that zero landfill plants and other facilities will prevent more than 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emission reductions from entering the atmosphere this year. Other environmental benefits include avoiding potential environmental impacts from landfill waste. Additionally, recycling materials to make new products reduces energy use and manufacturing costs, compared to using raw materials.