Carmakers Try to Keep Waste Out of the Ground as Well as the Air
A recent New York Times article highlights the auto industry’s leadership in advancing zero waste to landfill, and features quotes from SP member companies Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Innovo, Toyota North America and others. Read the full article in the NYT.
FLINT, Mich. — Mammoth bins and barrels line the edge of a General Motors factory floor, stuffed with industrial detritus like shavings of aluminum, pieces of plastic and glass and chemical sludge that has come off the machines that are used to assemble engines for three models of Chevrolet. Every bit of it, G.M. promises, has a future.
It has been more than 12 years since this plant in Central Michigan has sent anything to a dump. The 733,000-square-foot Flint Engine facility was G.M.’s first to achieve what is known as zero-waste to landfill — a designation now held by more than 150 of its factories and office buildings worldwide.
Not only is G.M. trying to avoid sending waste to landfills, it’s trying to intercept other would-be garbage…