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Ford Sets New Goal To Build On Their Success Of Cutting Waste

Ford Sets New Goal To Build On Their Success Of Cutting Waste

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  • Between 2007 and 2011, Ford reduced its global waste to landfills by 44 percent – 49 percent in North America
  • On a per-vehicle basis, global waste to landfills decreased by 39 percent between 2007 and 2011 – 47 percent in North America
  • Ford is exploring novel technologies, such as using paint solids to generate energy, to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills
Ford plans to further reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 10 percent per vehicle by the end of the year – building on existing efforts that have cut global waste by 100 million pounds (44 percent) in the last five years.

If successful, that means the company would generate about 20 pounds of waste per vehicle on a global basis – roughly the weight of one tire.

"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, Ford's Environmental Quality Office.

Ford develops such targets as part of its annual environmental business planning process that also recently led to establishment of a global cross-functional team spanning several divisions to review waste generation more holistically.

Between 2007 and 2011, Ford globally cut the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 39 percent per vehicle – from 37 pounds to just under 23 pounds.

In North America, the amount of waste generated per vehicle has been cut even further – by 47 percent.

One of the best examples of how Ford has reduced waste can be found at its plant in Flat Rock, Mich., where the automaker uses an innovative process to eliminate waste and transform paint solids into energy at the AutoAlliance International facility.

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