Major U.S. Auto Manufacturer Creates a Zero Waste Movement
As the push to be environmentally conscious increases and Earth Day approaches, many of us try to practice what we preach – reduce-reuse-recycle. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, 55 percent of everyday garbage and trash still ends up in giant landfills across the U.S. Now, a new extreme form of “going green” called “landfill free” is changing the landscape.
Companies like Anheuser-Busch, Subaru and General Motors have committed themselves to a landfill free manufacturing process, meaning all the materials generated as a result of regular production operations are either recycled or reused in some way. At these plants, everything –from aluminum chips, to plastic trays, to used gloves – is recycled and reused, eliminating nearly 8,000 tons of waste a year. GM’s Flint Engine South Plant is one of the first manufacturing facilities in the U.S. to achieve zero waste. The environmental benefits of the plant's waste recycling efforts include the prevention of over 44,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions being emitted into the atmosphere, and the preservation of over 3,000 mature trees annually.
Increasing and improving environmental awareness is not a one man job. To achieve zero-landfill goals, companies often work with recyclers like the Goodwill. These partners work to remove waste, turn it into usable parts and find homes for the products – all while creating needed jobs and a better environment.
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Companies like Anheuser-Busch, Subaru and General Motors have committed themselves to a landfill free manufacturing process - meaning all the materials generated as a result of regular production operations are either recycled or reused in some way. Today, twelve of GM's U.S. plants and 43 worldwide have achieved landfill free status. At these plants, everything from aluminum chips to plastic trays to used gloves are recycled and reused - eliminating nearly 8,000 tons of waste a year. The environmental benefits of just one of these plants' waste recycling efforts include the prevention of over 44,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and the preservation of over 3,000 mature trees annually.
To achieve zero-landfill goals, companies often work with recyclers like Goodwill. These partners work to remove waste, turn it into usable parts and find homes for the products - all while creating needed jobs and a better environment.
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UNH Completes Nations First Major University Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project.
The University of New Hampshire's EcoLine™, a landfill gas-to-energy project that uses purified methane gas from a nearby landfill to power the campus, is complete, university officials announced. The five million square-foot campus will receive up to 85 percent of its electricity and heat from purified natural gas, making UNH the first university in the nation to use landfill gas as its primary fuel source.
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InkCycle, a company with a recycled line of ink and toner cartridges known as grenk, diverted 493 tons of electronic waste from landfills and recycled 588,209 pounds of inkjets and 397,718 pounds of toner cartridges in 2010.
Last year, the company worked to educate national media, trade press, consumers and area businesses about the benefits of recycling e-waste through their blog, press releases, web videos, case studies, Twitter and Facebook.
Brad Roderick, executive vice president of InkCycle and environmentalist, said that this outreach project was an opportunity to increase awareness about recycling electronic waste in Kansas City and around the world. "We connected with our clients, partners and vendors to find out what InkCycle could do to expand education about recycling electronic waste. The grenk blog, Twitter, Facebook, press releases, media coverage and Web videos were all ways that InkCycle engaged people about remanufactured ink and toner recycling," said Roderick.
Roderick added that clients such as UMB Bank, Hangers Cleaners and Barkley all participated in the e-waste recycling project by sharing their sustainability goals, efforts and results.
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Installation and Completion of 45,000m2 landfill cell in Bendigo.
This video shows Aeramix team completed this project with smooth and textured liners and geotextiles that was used to line the landfill cell.
Landfill was commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Environmental Studies Program for the Feet to the Fire Festival 2008, as part of Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art.
Bill Hammack cover his office floor with trash to see what takes up space in a landfill. He digs through fast food containers, newspapers and diapers to arrive at answers; noting that what we really need is green design of our manufactured objects.
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The General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit now recycles, reuses or converts all its daily waste, diverting 5 million pounds of trash annually from landfill. That is the equivalent of 200,000 full garbage bags.
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