General Motors is making good on its word to convert half of its global manufacturing plants into landfill-free operations by the end of 2010. To date, 43 percent of GM facilities, or 62 sites, have stopped sending production waste to landfills.
Instead, 97 percent of the plants’ waste material is recycled and reused. Three percent of the waste is converted to energy, replacing fossil fuels.
The automaker’s goal is to have half of its plants landfill free by the end of the year.
GM estimates that more than 2 million tons of waste materials will be recycled or reused in 2010 and an additional 45,000 tons will be converted to energy. These efforts also reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.
In other GM news, Chevy’s lineup of fuel-conserving six-speed automatics continues to grow, and will number 12 when the Cruze launches later this year.