GM will disclose its 100th plant that after recycling doesn’t send waste to a landfill.
The official announcement is to be made tomorrow, June 20th, at GM’s customer care and after-sales operation in Lansing, Michigan. Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs and ichael Compher, chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s indoor and voluntary programs section will be present to mark an “environmental milestone”.
“Some automakers talk a good game, we’re actually delivering the goods,” said Greg Martin, a GM spokesman. “There’s more to come. Doing what’s good for the business and environment is not mutually exclusive.”
From recycling, reusing or converting to energy all waste from daily operations GM has saved $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 all GM facilities managed to reuse or recycle 92% of the waste. In the January 2012 report GM set a target of 25 “nonmanufacturing” sites and 100 “landfill-free” plants by 2020.
“Sustainability feeds our bottom line and sustaining a profitable business is our ultimate responsibility,” said GM Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson.
GM also has a field next to its facility in Lake Orion, Michigan, were a new solar array will be built with enough capacity to annually power 45 homes for a year.