General Motors (GM), Detroit, has announced plans to take a regional approach to boosting its recycling infrastructure. In a mid-February news release, the company says it will first address its manufacturing operations in the Southeast.
GM has started by creating the Suppliers’ Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum, where it says it brought together automakers, suppliers, recycling partners and government officials to its Spring Hill, Tenn., complex to discuss waste-reduction challenges, recycling opportunities and capabilities. The forum was held Feb. 19, 2013.
The forum is part of what GM says is its plan to increase its number of landfill-free facilities from 104 to 125 by 2020. The company is crediting its waste reduction leadership in part to its strong network of partners and suppliers.
Suppliers Partnership, according to GM, collaborates with and mentors members within the automotive supply base on environmental and social issues. GM says it envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network with the potential to increase recycling and waste treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.
“Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has the opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” says John Bradburn, GM manager of waste reduction efforts. “By connecting local recyclers – and those with potential – with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint.
“No one entity can solve this challenge; it will take many people to help transform how businesses manage their waste,” adds Bradburn.