Ford’s North American headquarter facilities now send zero waste to landfill.
The automarker says the facilities — located in Dearborn, Michigan, Oakville, Ontario, and Santa Fe, Mexico — divert more than 240,000 pounds of waste from landfills annually. Ford has set a goal to trim global waste to landfill by 40 percent on a per vehicle basis between 2011 and 2016.
The push toward achieving landfill-free status began more than a year ago at each of the North American headquarters. Ford instructed its employees to separate waste and recycle when possible. In its other efforts to reduce waste produced per unit of production: in Mexico, food waste is used as compost; US and Canadian headquarters send refuse to waste-to-energy facilities. Additionally site managers utilized more environmentally sustainable packaging and food containers in cafeterias.