General Motors South America has strived to create greener facilities through a number of initiatives. Now, GMSA is proud to declare it has a second facility that is completely landfill free.
GMSA’s Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Center (VCDC), situated in Aloes is GM’s second non-manufacturing facility worldwide to achieve landfill-free status this year. Previously, the Parts Distribution Center situated in the Coega Industrial Development Zone was declared landfill free in May.
Africa’s Environmental Group Manager, Ncedisa Mzuzu, said this achievement came after years of planning and hard work. “We started off by developing a roadmap for the site. This included waste profiling, tracking and changing processes like changing car protectors used for shipping from non-recyclable to recyclable materials,” she explained.
When a facility is declared landfill-free, it means the site reuses or recycles nearly all of its waste produced in-house. At the Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Center, oils and service related material, paint and solvents from the on-site paint shop, scrap parts, tires and batteries, packaging and shipping waste, fluorescent tubes and food waste from the canteen are just some of the areas the facility now recycles or reuses.
General Motors now operates 134 facilities across the globe that are completely landfill free.