GM Seeks to Boost Recycling Infrastructure in Southeast
Tue, Feb 19 2013
SPRING HILL, Tenn. – General Motors is taking a regional approach to boosting recycling infrastructure – looking first to the Southeast United States.
It initiated the Suppliers' Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum and is hosting a group of automakers, suppliers, recycling partners and government officials at its Spring Hill, Tenn. complex today (Feb. 19) to discuss waste-reduction challenges, recycling opportunities and capabilities.
Suppliers Partnership, a group GM helped form, collaborates with and mentors members within the automotive supply base on environmental and social issues. GM envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network with the potential to increase waste-treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.
“Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste-reduction efforts. “By connecting local recyclers – and those with potential – with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint.
“No one entity can solve this challenge; it will take many people to help transform how businesses manage their waste.”
During the event, Bradburn will discuss how suppliers and automakers can work together to reach landfill-free facility goals. Many GM projects, from helping insulate sleeping bags for the homeless and turning oil-soaked booms into parts for the Chevrolet Volt, resulted from collaborating within the Suppliers Partnership network.
Bradburn will share best practices for recycling and reuse that improve a company’s bottom line. GM regards all its byproducts as useful and marketable; it now counts about $1 billion in revenue annually from byproduct recycling and reuse.
“Companies are increasingly integrating sustainability into their businesses,” said Jamie Stitt, deputy assistant commissioner for business development, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. “With economic growth, it’s important to simultaneously develop the infrastructure that supports environmental initiatives.”
According to Southern Business & Development magazine, the South is the nation's most active region for capital investment and job generation. More companies move and expand in the South than any other place in the United States.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.