11 Jul '11, 10pm

GM Brings Landfill-Free Strategies to Distribution, Offices

GM Brings Landfill-Free Strategies to Distribution, Offices

When General Motors began tackling its waste streams, it first went after its largest source: its 140-plus manufacturing plants around the world. After getting half of its plants to the point that they send no waste to landfill , the company turned its eye to its other locations, and now all the trash from 10 of its non-manufacturing sites gets reused, recycled or converted to energy through incineration. The bulk of the waste from those places -- offices, engineering, customer care, aftersales and proving grounds -- is packaging, said John Bradburn, manager of GM's waste reduction efforts. But the sites don't deal with just simple cardboard and plastic. Creating packaging that keeps parts damage-free, along with handling things like engines, means that protection can easily trump recyclability. Parts come from various places around the world, go through multiple loadings ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/07/11/general-motors-br...

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