CAMI Assembly Becomes Landfill-Free

CAMI Assembly Becomes Landfill-Free

GM continues tellurian transformation to 0 waste; 122 sites send 0 to landfill

2014-10-16

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OSHAWA – Eleven some-more General Motors comforts have achieved landfill-free status. The regulating sum is 122 production and non-manufacturing operations travelling Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or modify to appetite all rubbish from daily operations. CAMI Assembly, in Ingersoll, ON, is one of a new landfill-free facilities.  GM Canada’s St Catharines Powertrain trickery has been landfill-free given 2008.  

“Our landfill-free transformation is partial of a enlightenment of continual alleviation embraced by teams globally,” pronounced Jim DeLuca, GM executive clamp boss of Global Manufacturing. “Not usually does it make a operations some-more fit and assistance preserve critical resources, though we’re means to reinvest a income we get from recycling into destiny vehicles for a customers.”

“CAMI is focused on ancillary a village and a business and we all advantage from ongoing energy, H2O and rubbish reduction,” pronounced Les Bogar, plant manager, CAMI Assembly. “All of CAMI’s employees, suppliers and partners worked together to rise innovative solutions to assistance a plant grasp landfill-free status.”

At CAMI each dialect determined sum rubbish rebate goals. By shortening rubbish streams, a group helped equivalent a cost of converting a paint array sludge to energy. It also put in place programs to inspire returnable wrapping and turns a throw timber into mulch for surrounding wetlands. The group hopes to keep improving a efforts, either regulating wastewater sludge in concrete production or recycling paint sludge into new paint or other products.

GM’s new landfill-free comforts include:

  • CAMI Assembly (Canada)
  • Colmotores Assembly (Colombia)
  • Joinville Engine (Brazil)
  • Zaragoza Assembly (Spain)
  • Zaragoza Stamping (Spain)
  • Grand Rapids Operations (Michigan)
  • Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center (Michigan)
  • GM Heritage Center (Michigan)
  • Shanghai Headquarters (China)
  • Luton Warehouse (England)
  • Fontana Warehouse and Distribution Center (California)

The further of these 11 comforts to landfill-free standing helps GM equivocate some-more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. This is allied to a hothouse gas advantage of 15 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

“Our ultimate idea is not to beget any rubbish during all,” pronounced John Bradburn, GM tellurian manager of rubbish reduction. “Until then, we do all we can to safeguard it doesn’t finish adult in a ground. From joining a suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we request lessons schooled opposite all of a operations to enlarge a certain impact.”

Employee recognition is pivotal in a expostulate to landfill-free. Colmotores Assembly in Colombia launched recognition campaigns that intent employees in shortening rubbish and classification it correctly. GM’s Shanghai headquarters, a LEED-Gold facility, shaped a “Green Team” travelling IT, finance, facilities, RD and supply sequence departments to brand recycling and rubbish rebate opportunities. Luton Warehouse attributes a success to a clever training beginning that gathering a zero-waste culture.

All of these comforts yield their rubbish as resources out of place and occupy a series of methods to give them a second or third life.

  • Reduce: Zaragoza Assembly altered a production routine to revoke well-off expenditure from a paint shop; it now reuses 80 percent of it. Packaging continues to be a vast rubbish tide for many plants and CAMI Assembly is rebellious it by environment assertive targets to revoke non-reusable packaging.
  • Reuse: Grand Rapids Operations’ in-house oil recycling saves GM $1.2 million per year.  It recycles and reuses each gallon of oil it buys from a refinery several times.
  • Recycle: CAMI Assembly turns throw timber into mulch for a wetlands and Grand Rapids Operations recycles harsh wheels as sandpaper. The Grand Rapids site also works with a partner that processes wastewater diagnosis sludge into a fuel source for a building materials industry.
  • Compost: Zaragoza composts wastewater diagnosis sludge to emanate manure and Joinville Engine composts a organic cafeteria rubbish to yield additional nutrients for a site’s trees and plants.

A clever network of recycling partners and suppliers helps comforts grasp their goals. Localizing a supply sequence strengthens a business box and reduces altogether CO footprint. One of Zaragoza’s biggest hurdles was anticipating a circuitously partner to well ride and yield paint sludge so it could be used to beget electricity. Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center hired a rubbish technician to assistance arrange wrapping rubbish generated from stretched shipping and placement operations. A new recycling partner helped pull GM’s Heritage Center to landfill-free status.

Landfill-free has no finish line. For example, Colmotores Assembly set a idea to work with suppliers on minimizing wrapping rubbish and conceptualizing products for easier reuse or recycling.

GM’s idea is to grasp 125 landfill-free sites globally by 2020. The association already has met a 10 percent total rubbish reduction joining – 7 years forward of schedule.

GM was named a Michigan Green Leader and Green Corporate Citizen for a landfill-free program, and perceived a Top Project of a Year Award from Environmental Leader for pushing a tellurian transformation for 0 waste.  GM was one of a initial companies – and a usually automaker – inducted into a U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of Fame.

The company’s blueprint, “The Business Case for Zero Waste”, outlines how companies of all sizes and industries can revoke rubbish and emanate efficiencies.  

For some-more information on GM’s environmental commitment, revisit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

About General Motors of Canada

Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) employs some-more than 9,000 people opposite a nation and is a famous personality in immature manufacturing.  GMCL markets a full operation of fuel-efficient Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles and associated services by Canada’s largest automotive play network. More information per GMCL models can be found during www.gm.ca, or by following @GMCanada on Twitter.

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