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Recycling saves General Motors 1bn Dollars

General Motors recycled 90 per cent of worldwide manufacturing waste last year, leading to 105 landfill-free facilities

Generals Motors (GM) generated $1bn of revenue from recycling and reuse initiatives last year, the automotive giant has revealed in its latest sustainability report.

The company confirmed that it recycles 90 per cent of its worldwide manufacturing waste and has 105 landfill-free facilities across the globe, a figure it aims to raise to 125 by the end of the decade.

As part of the waste reduction push plants in India, Thailand and Russia have replaced wooden pallets with reusable plastic, saving 566 tons of waste, while new auto paint robots and processes to reduce the use of paint thinner have saved up to 200 tons across two plants.

The company insisted that all by-products are now regarded as useful and marketable and as such are managed using an electronic tracking system in order to recover the highest value possible.

These innovations have helped GM reduce total waste by 25 kilograms per vehicle since 2010.

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