General Motors has had 42 non-manufacturing sites declared landfill free, but GM South Africa has made that number 43.
The GM South Africa Parts Distribution Center, situated in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, has officially been declared landfill free. The site is also the first global GM facility to earn the recognition this year.
“GMSA’s environmental management system is certified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard. The environment is one of the company’s key business imperatives and we have made significant efforts in recent years to mitigate the impact of the business on the environment. The aim is to have all four sites in Port Elizabeth landfill free by 2020,” said Ncedisa Mzuzu, Environmental Group Manager, Africa.
The site holds over 140,000 part numbers, and distributes parts to 113 dealers, and 21 wholesalers across South Africa. Most waste from the facility consists of paper and plastic packaging, metals, non-toxic fluids, wood and cardboard, but in May, 99.42-percent was recycled, with the other .58-percent being sent to an energy recovery center.
GMSA isn’t stopping there, though. It’s other facilities are on their way to becoming landfill free, too. The average recycling ratio for its four other facilities currently sits at 85.22-percent with initiatives being put in place to help reach landfill free status sooner.