With another non-manufacturing plant declared landfill-free, General Motors SA (GMSA) is one step closer to reaching its global environmental goal of reducing its carbon emissions.
The Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre in Aloes, 20km from the Port Elizabeth plant, is the second to achieve this status after GMSA’s Parts Distribution Centre in the Coega IDZ attained its landfill-free status in May.
The automotive company aims to have zero waste to landfill by 2020 worldwide. GM Africa environmental group manager Ncedisa Mzuzu said the status was the result of extensive planning and hard work.
“We started off by developing a roadmap for the site,” she said.
“This included waste profiling, tracking and changing processes, like changing car protectors used for shipping from non-recyclable to recyclable materials.”
Waste products generated by the centre range from oils to servicerelated material, scrap parts, tyres and batteries, to packaging and shipping waste, fluorescent tubes and food. Mzuzu said the reduction in landfill sites meant that most of the waste generated was being reused or recycled.
“We have made significant efforts to mitigate the effect of the business on the environment.” she said.
“[Having] two sites declared landfill- free in a short time is proof that GMSA [is committed] to reducing the effect of our operations on the environment.”