General Motors’ Fort Wayne Assembly Plant has become its first U.S. factory to reach zero waste-to-landfill status, joining 78 other GM manufacturing facilities around the world.
Nine GM operations that supply Fort Wayne with stampings, engines, transmissions and components have also landfill-free, the company said.
At the Fort Wayne plant, where GM makes the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks, some of the biggest initiatives included process and material changes in the paint shop. This enabled the facility to recycle processed wastewater treatment sludge that it previously had to send to landfills.
The plant also cleans and reuses absorbent pads used to soak up oil and water from the plant floor, up to three times per pad. Soon, the company says, it will begin recycling this material into Silverado and Sierra air deflectors, which also contain some of the plant’s recycled packaging plastic.
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