General Motors Landfill-Free Facilities
For a while now, General Motors has been making a conscious effort to make their factories more environmentally friendly. So not only are they working on more eco-friendly vehicles, like the 2014 Chevy Cruze, but every aspect of their company. They’ve been doing this by transitioning several places to new General Motors landfill-free facilities that greatly reduce the amount of emissions these factories produce.
Since the beginning, 122 facilities have been transformed to landfill-free. But 11 of them were converted very recently, and just those 11 allowed General Motors to cut back over 600,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, or in other words it created the benefit of 15 million tree seedlings grown for ten years. What GM really wants to do with this project is eventually not generate any waste period. These 11 new facilities include CAMI Assembly right here in Canada, 4 factories in the US, 2 in South America, 3 in Europe, and 1 in Asia.
Their main task is to make employees aware of their efforts and get everyone in the plant following the same guidelines. They utilize a number of different methods from factory to factory to achieve their goals, in different categories such as Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost. CAMI Assembly, the converted plant here in Canada, has already tackled the problem of packaging by setting goals to reduce non-reusable packaging, while also turning scrap wood into mulch for its wetlands.
Each plant also attempts to build a wide network of partners when it comes to recycling. Some plants have hired waste technicians, others have become partners with a transportation system to help move paint sludge somewhere it could be used to generate electricity. GM’s goal is to have 125 of these landfill-free facilities by 2020, so they are well on their way to meeting their goal, and have already exceeded their last goal of meeting 10-percent waste reduction a whopping seven years before they intended. We can’t wait to hear other ways that General Motors intend on making the environment a better place to live, and hope that they keep up with their goals.