DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. now operates 100 facilities worldwide that do not send waste to a landfill after recycling or reusing 2.6 million metric tons at plants globally last year.
GM said today its customer care and after-sales operation in Lansing, Mich., now recycles, reuses or converts to energy all waste from daily operations.
Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs, was joined by Michael Compher, chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's indoor and voluntary programs section, for the announcement.
"Our landfill-free program continues to strengthen our business by creating efficiencies, generating revenue and inspiring innovation with products made from recycled content," Robinson said in a statement.
No other automaker has as many facilities contributing zero waste to landfill, GM, the world's biggest automaker said in a statement.
GM began tracking its waste 15 years ago. All of its worldwide facilities combined – including landfill-free plants and all others – recycle or reuse more than 90 percent of the waste they generate.
GM has saved about $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2010 as a result of the automaker's waste reduction, the company said in its sustainability report released in January.
All of GM's facilities combined recycled or reused 92 percent of waste generated in 2010, the company said.
The automaker set a target of 100 "landfill-free" plants and 25 "non-manufacturing" sites by 2020 in the January report.
"Sustainability feeds our bottom line and sustaining a profitable business is our ultimate responsibility," GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement accompanying the January report.
Separately, GM has a field next to its assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, that will hold a solar array with enough capacity to annually power 45 homes for a year, the automaker said Monday.