Sixty-two of General Motors major manufacturing facilities – 43 percent of the total – can boast zero landfill status; they send none of their normal production waste to landfills. By the end of 2010, that will grow to 50 percent of major manufacturing plants worldwide, it vows.
Lubricants and metalworking fluids were in the vanguard of this effort, Donald J. Smolenski says proudly. The automakers factories are heavy lubricant users, especially its powertrain and stamping plants, yet theyve steadily reduced purchases of new oils, kept their fluids working longer and harder, and learned to embrace used oil recycling. All while saving money. Recycled oil use in our U.S. and Canadian powertrain and stamping plans is over 50 percent, he points out, with annual savings that exceed $3.3 million.