Two GM Distribution Centers Reach Landfill-Free Status

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

February 26, 2014

1 Min Read
Two GM Distribution Centers Reach Landfill-Free Status

General Motors Corp. (GM) said two of its distribution centers achieved landfill-free status.

The Detroit-based auto maker said in a news release its centers in Chicago and Hudson, Wis., have diverted all their waste to recycling or reuse, or converted it into energy.

The centers generate significant amounts of cardboard and wood pallets. The Chicago warehouse alone accumulates 25 tons of cardboard annually.

Both facilities work with local recycling partners to help sort recyclables from other waste, as well as have employees pitching in.

Recyclers can earn rebates for certain commodities. In Chicago, for example, the rebate is about $100 per ton.

GM has a goal of 125 landfill-free sites by 2020.

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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