October 17, 2014

11 more General Motors facilities become landfill-free

Eleven more General Motors facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The 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.

"Our landfill-free movement is part of our culture of continuous improvement embraced by teams globally," said Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice-President of Global Manufacturing. "Not only does it make our operations more efficient and help conserve vital resources, but we're able to reinvest the money we get from recycling into future vehicles for our customers."

GM's new landfill-free facilities
> 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. This is comparable to the greenhouse gas benefit of 15-million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

"Our ultimate goal is not to generate any waste at all," said John Bradburn, GM Global Manager of Waste Reduction. "Until then, we do everything we can to ensure it doesn't end up in the ground. From connecting our suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we apply lessons learned across all of our operations to broaden the positive impact."


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