Half GM factories to stop sending waste to landfill
8 September 2008

General Motors will stop sending waste to landfill sites at over half of its factories, the car maker has announced.The company currently has 43 factories that recycle or reuse waste material, but by 2010 the world’s largest manufacturer wants to have more than 80 entirely green production sites worldwide.General Motors is looking to take over from Toyota as the world’s number one eco brand with a range of hybrid, electric and fuel-cell cars and this commitment to recycling will go some way to improve their green credentials. Under the scheme more than three million tonnes of waste will avoid being sent to landfill, with 96 per cent of factory waste being recycled or reused. A further three per cent will be burned at waste-to-energy facilities.The increase is set to net General Motors $16 million a year in North America alone, from the sale of scrap carboard, wood and other waste. GM estimates it earns around $1bn from recycling each year.

George Barrow

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic