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Recycling saves General Motors $1bn

July 15, 2013

Recycling saves General Motors $1bn

General Motors (GM) generated $1bn revenue from recycling and reuse initiatives last year, the automotive giant revealed in its latest sustainability report. The company confirmed that it recycles 90 percent of its worldwide manufacturing waste and has 105 landfill-free facilities across the globe, a figure it aims to raise by 125 by the end of the decade.

As part of the waste reduction push, plants in India, Thailand and Russia have replaced wooden pallets with reusable plastic, saving 566 tons of waste, while new auto paint robots and processes to reduce the use of paint thinner have saved up to 200 tons across two plants. These innovations have helped GM reduce total waste by 25 kilograms per vehicle since 2010.

Progress has also been made in reducing energy use and carbon emissions, which have fallen seven percent and five percent respectively since 2010. The company said it now uses more than 60MW of solar, landfill gas and biomass energy capacity at its facilities, putting it about halfway to its 125 MW renewable energy target. Meanwhile, energy conservation initiatives have saved the company $66m in energy costs.

Read more at Business Green.

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