Landfill Free: Score 1 for Mother Nature!
Ford Motor Company recently announced that the Ford Motor Company North American World Headquarter facilities are no longer sending any waste to landfill. This is another major step in the Ford’s mission to reduce its global environmental impact.
North American headquarter facilities, which are located in Dearborn, Michigan, Oakville, Ontario, and Santa Fe, Mexico, are now diverting over 240,000 pounds of waste from the landfill each year.
“Our global waste strategy commits Ford to reducing waste-to-landfill, and we have made great progress at our headquarters, manufacturing plants, offices and research facilities,” said Andy Hobbs, Ford Motor Company director in the Environmental Quality Office. “We are proud of the efforts of our employees worldwide in their commitment to helping Ford reduce its environmental footprint.”
The move toward achieving landfill free status began over a year ago at each of the North American headquarters. Employees were instructed to separate waste and recycle whenever it was possible. In Mexico, food waste is turned into compost. In the United States and Canada, headquarters send refuse to waste-to-energy facilities. The site managers have also moved toward more eco-friendly food containers in cafeterias.
Ford has been able to reduce the amount of global waste sent to landfills 50% per vehicle over the last five years. Fifty-nine Ford facilities no longer send any waste to landfills. This includes all Canadian and Mexican manufacturing plants.
Ford has also cut its global water use by 30% per vehicle from a 2009 baseline thus reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule in 2013. Since 2011 Ford also has worked to trim energy consumption 25% and is on track to meet that goal this year.
Interbrand’s 2014 list of the 50 Best Global Green Brands ranked Ford Motor Company No. 1 for its forward-thinking approach to environmentally responsible and sustainable manufacturing, and for greater transparency in its business operations and disclosure of information – particularly involving manufacturing.