February 20, 2013

GM seeks to boost recycling infrastructure in Southeast

General Motors is taking a regional approach to boosting recycling infrastructure - looking first to the Southeast United States.

It initiated the Suppliers' Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum and hosted a group of automakers, suppliers, recycling
partners and government officials at its Spring Hill, Tenn. complex to discuss waste-reduction challenges, recycling opportunities and capabilities.

GM, which is seeking to increase its landfill-free facilities from 104 to 125 by 2020, credits its waste-reduction leadership in part to its strong network of partners and suppliers.

Suppliers Partnership, a group GM helped form, collaborates with and mentors members within the automotive supply base on environmental and social issues. GM envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network with the potential to increase waste-treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.

"Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy," said John Bradburn, GM Manager of waste-reduction efforts. "By connecting local recyclers - and those with potential - with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint."

"No one entity can solve this challenge; it will take many people to help transform how businesses manage their waste."

"Companies are increasingly integrating sustainability into their businesses," said Jamie Stitt, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for business development, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.  "With economic growth, it's important to simultaneously develop the infrastructure that supports environmental initiatives."


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