GM goes zero-waste across 15 global facilities and generates US$ 1 bln from recycling

Mumbai: General Motors now operates 152 global facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. These include 52 non-manufacturing and 100 manufacturing sites across the globe.

Whether it’s recycling Flint water bottles into engine cover insulation or turning Mississippi River tires into air-deflecting baffles, the company is working together with its suppliers to advance a more circular economy where materials are kept in use. GM champions matchmaking efforts such as the Materials Marketplace, where one company’s trash can be another’s raw material.

Aerial view of Talegaon Plant in India 

Committed towards the cause of the environment and long term sustainability, the company continues to increase the reuse of byproducts wherever possible and aims to eliminate waste by applying advanced manufacturing processes and technologies across its plants globally. Altogether, GM recycles or reuses 2 million metric tons of byproducts a year and has generated up to $1 billion from recycling in recent years.

The company reinvests the money into business, including the development of fuel-efficient vehicles and new technologies shaping the future of personal mobility. Landfill-free facilities result in greater operational efficiency and eliminate waste-hauling fees. Repurposing waste into vehicle components or plant supplies means the company doesn’t have to buy virgin material.

Landfill-free sites added this year in Asia, Africa, North America and South America include the Engine, parts distribution center and stamping operation in Talegaon, India; Powertrain plant in Romulus; Assembly plant in Cairo, Egypt; Two assembly plants and two distribution centers in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; GM Canada headquarters in Oshawa, Canada; Foundry in Toluca, Mexico; Assembly plant, stamping plant, technical center, engineering facility and support office in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil; and an Assembly plant in Bogota, Colombia.

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