General Motors Co., the world’s largest automaker, plans to disclose its 100th facility that doesn’t send waste to a landfill after recycling or reusing 2.6 million metric tons at plants globally last year, a person familiar with the announcement said.
GM, based in Detroit, plans to make the announcement tomorrow at its customer care and after-sales operation in Lansing, Michigan, which recycles, reuses or converts to energy all waste from daily operations, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the news isn’t public yet.
The company issued an advisory today that said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs, would be at the event to mark an “environmental milestone” along with Michael Compher, chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s indoor and voluntary programs section.
Greg Martin, a GM spokesman, declined to comment on tomorrow’s announcement.
“Some automakers talk a good game, we’re actually delivering the goods,” he said. “There’s more to come. Doing what’s good for the business and environment is not mutually exclusive.”
GM has saved about $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2010 as a result of the automaker’s waste reduction, the company said in its sustainability report released in January. All of GM’s facilities combined recycled or reused 92 percent of waste generated in 2010, the company said. The automaker set a target of 100 “landfill-free” plants and 25 “nonmanufacturing” sites by 2020 in the January report.
“Sustainability feeds our bottom line and sustaining a profitable business is our ultimate responsibility,” GM Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson said in a statement accompanying the January report.
Separately, GM has a field next to its assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, that will hold a solar array with enough capacity to annually power 45 homes for a year, according to a company statement today.