Ford Motor Co. achieved zero waste-to-landfill status at its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico, its 16th annual Sustainability report highlights. That achievement makes all of its Mexican manufacturing plants landfill-free.
Achievements at the Mexican manufacturing plants will help Ford achieve its goal of reducing landfill waste globally by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016. Ford reduced global per-vehicle landfill waste by 40 percent from 2007 to 2011. Since 2013, Ford has reduced per-vehicle landfill waste by 21 percent.
“What makes this noteworthy is that now we can say that all of our Ford of Mexico manufacturing plants are landfill-free,” said John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters for Ford, during a webinar the company hosted last week.
A total of 27 Ford facilities have achieved zero landfill-to-waste status: Thirteen are in North America, seven in Europe, five in Asia Pacific and three in South America.
In 2014, its facilities saw an 11.4 percent increase in hazardous waste, and hazardous waste per-vehicle increased by 13 percent since 2013. However, the amount of hazardous waste per vehicle decreased by 10 percent over the last five years.
Ford attributes the increase in hazardous waste to the launch of plants in China and the way China defines regulation of hazardous waste. Ford states that it has chosen to target eliminating “the landfill of hazardous waste first, because this provides the quickest and most cost-effective benefits to human health and the environment.”
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