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GM expands landfill-free efforts

July 31, 2013

GM expands landfill-free efforts

General Motors’ Rayong engine plant in Thailand and Cheongna proving ground in Korea are now landfill-free, bringing the company’s total to 33 sites throughout Asia that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all of their daily waste. This is about half of GM’s operations in Asia. GM’s landfill-free facility count in Asia compares to 45 in North America and 22 in Europe. GM’s worldwide total is 106. The company has committed to achieving 125 landfill-free facilities by 2020.

As GM facilities around the world work to become landfill free, they discuss challenges and share ideas to help cut waste, the company says. GM says it recycles and reuses more waste from its manufacturing facilities than any other automaker, and no other automaker has as many sites contributing zero waste to landfill. The company has also published a downloadable blueprint, The Business Case for Zero Waste, intended to help businesses of all sizes and industries reduce waste and create efficiencies.

In addition to its landfill-free efforts, the automaker has begun several other sustainability initiatives in the past few months. In mid-July, GM’s OnStar announced a project with TimberRock Energy Solutions that uses aggregation software and solar charging canopies with integrated storage to manage the flow of solar power to benefit the electric grid. It will be the first “real-world” use of OnStar’s smart grid technology.


Read more at Environmental Leader.

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