Two Bridgestone Tire Plants Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill Status

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 12, 2013

1 Min Read
Two Bridgestone Tire Plants Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill Status

Bridgestone Americas Inc. said two of its North American tire manufacturing facilities have achieved zero waste to landfill.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based tire maker said in a news release its Aiken, S.C., plant achieved zero waste to landfill status in December 2012, and its Wilson, N.C., facility achieved that mark early in 2013. The plants have been able to divert from the manufacturing process all waste materials such as whole scrap tires, rubber components and packaging, as well as ancillary support processes such as offices and cafeterias. Waste from these facilities is sent to various beneficial-use markets, including energy generation and recycling into other products, like mulch.

Since the company made recycling and landfill diversion a focus in 2006, waste going to landfills has dropped from nearly half the total material generated to less than 15 percent currently.

"The teams at our Aiken and Wilson plants worked hard, and they take pride in being first to achieve zero waste to landfill. They know that our other plants are close on their heels," said Barry Owens, vice president, Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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