Ford Reduces Waste to Landfill by 49 Percent in North America

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 25, 2012

1 Min Read
Ford Reduces Waste to Landfill by 49 Percent in North America

Ford Motor Co. said it has reduced its waste sent to landfills by 49 percent in North America and 44 percent globally since 2007.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based vehicle manufacturer said in a news release it plans to further reduce waste it sends to landfills by 10 percent per vehicle at the end of the year. If successful, Ford would be generating about 20 pounds of waste per vehicle globally, or about the weight of one tire. The company said it is exploring technologies such as using paint solids to generate energy to help reduce its landfill waste.

On a per-vehicle basis, waste to landfills dropped 47 percent between 2011 and 2007 in North America and 39 percent globally.

"Reducing waste to landfills is one of our top environmental priorities, and we continue to challenge our teams to identify and implement innovative solutions," said Andy Hobbs, director of Ford's Environmental Quality Office.


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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