General Motors is one of many American companies that has signed the new America Recycles Day pledge put forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which aims to connect like-minded companies so they can collaborate “to enhance the nation’s recycling system,” and create a “sustainable path for a circular economy to protect the environment,” the automaker said.
GM said it will participate in three groups under the EPA America Recycles pledge for education and outreach, strengthening secondary materials markets and enhancing measurements. These groups will allow the automaker to better educate its employees on proper recycling initiatives, allow it to optimize recycled materials usages and reduce materials waste.
According to EPA data, the US recycling industry generates almost $7 billion annually in tax revenues and is responsible for 750,000 American jobs. GM says these figures “could improve as the materials themselves are worth $9 billion but are thrown away each year,” so its new recycling initiative will not only allow it to reduce its environmental impact, but also contribute to a growing economic sector.
“Recycling is a key component in achieving our environmental sustainability goals,” said GM’s sustainability manager, Geraldine Barnuevo, Sr. “GM’s waste management program includes reducing, reusing and recycling in our drive towards zero waste. Partnering with the EPA and other pledge signatories on America Recycles Day is a great way to highlight our waste management program, showcase current efforts and share best practices.”
The EPA says any company that signs America Recycles pledge signifies its interest “to participate in ongoing dialogues and to take action with other pledge signers to improve America’s recycling system.” Other major U.S. corporations that signed include Ford, Sony USA, PepsiCo, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Walmart Inc, Nestle and McDonald’s.
You can view all the America Recycles Day EPA signatories at this link.