GM Developing Recycling Network in Southeast

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

February 25, 2013

1 Min Read
GM Developing Recycling Network in Southeast

General Motors Co. said it is approaching recycling regionally, starting in the Southeast where it initiating a recycling forum for various stakeholders.

The Detroit-based automaker said in a news release it also wants to increase its number of landfill-free manufacturing facilities to 125 from 104 by 2020.

GM has initiated its Suppliers ‘ Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum, bringing together automakers, suppliers, recycling partners and government officials. The group met at GM’s Spring Hill, Tenn., facility in late February to discuss waste-reduction challenges, recycling opportunities and capabilities.

GM said it envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network in hopes of increasing waste-treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.

The automaker helped form the Suppliers Partnership, which works with automotive suppliers on environmental and social issues.

 “Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste-reduction efforts. “By connecting local recyclers – and those with potential – with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint.”

GM reports revenue of about $1 billion annually from byproduct recycling and reuse.

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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