GM and green construction keeping more waste out of global landfills

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General Motors is committed to landfill-free production. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/CoolKid1993/Wikipedia)

General Motors is one of the largest corporations on earth, but that doesn’t mean that its carbon footprint has to be equally as large. According to the Associated Press, the automaker currently operates 100 facilities worldwide that do not send waste products into the landfill after the recycling process is complete. Through green construction and other conversation efforts, GM is showcasing its commitment to environmental consciousness.

Recycling in high gear

Currently, General Motors recycles or reuses 2.6 million metric tons of waste construction and production materials globally, notes Bloomberg. In Lansing, Mich., customer care and after-sales departments reportedly are full sustainable ecosystems in the sense that literally all waste from daily operations are put straight back into use. That’s 100 percent efficiency, noted GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs Mike Robinson – an achievement no other global automaker currently equals.

“Our landfill-free program continues to strengthen our business by creating efficiencies, generating revenue and inspiring innovation with products made from recycled content,” he said in a written statement.

A 15-year track record of sustainability

GM first began keeping track of and repurposing its industrial waste 15 years ago, according to CBS Detroit. The evolutionary process of improving its green construction and recycling efforts has enabled the automaker to post a record recycling rate of 92 percent worldwide. Such waste reduction efforts have even saved money, resulting in $2.5 billion saved between 2007 and 2010.

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One hundred twenty-five by 2020

General Motor’s goal by 2020 is to have 100 “landfill-free” plants and 25 “non-manufacturing” sites online and working at maximum efficiency, according to a corporate report released in January of this year.

“Sustainability feeds our bottom line and sustaining a profitable business is our ultimate responsibility,” GM CEO Dan Akerson wrote in the report.

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