Back in 2005, GM's Flint engine plant achieved landfill-free status. As of today, 76 GM facilities are now landfill-free - that means more than half of our global manufacturing sites have eliminated waste to landfills.
This year alone, we've recycled or reused 2.5 million tons of waste materials at our plants worldwide - enough to fill 6.8 million extended-cab pickup trucks that, if parked end-to-end, would stretch around the world. That's quite a bit, especially when you think of what it would take a family of four to not produce any trash for a year.
And, we're doing this by being creative, lean and rethinking our traditional manufacturing processes. Below are a few ways that we're turning material byproducts from routine manufacturing operations into new-vehicle components.
1) Cardboard shipping materials from the GM Marion Stamping and Fort Wayne Assembly plants are recycled into sound-absorber material in the Buick Lacrosse's headliner.
2) Paint sludge from the Lansing Grand River plant is turned into plastic material and used for shipping containers durable enough to hold Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engines.
3) Tires from vehicle performance testing at Milford Proving Ground are shredded and used in the manufacturing of air and water baffles for a variety of GM vehicles.
The video above is from when we first committed to reducing waste that explains some more of the details...