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Honda strives for zero waste-to-landfill status

By: Shawn Wright

January 25, 2012

MARYSVILLE, OHIO (Jan. 25, 12:30 p.m. ET) — Honda Motor Co. continues to strive for zero waste at its North American plants, according to its seventh sustainability report.

“In the manufacturing domain, we realized our longstanding goal to achieve virtually zero waste to landfills from manufacturing operations in North America,” Tetsuo Iwamura, chief operating officer, North American Regional Operations, said in the report. “As of April 1, 2011, 10 of 14 plants in North America are operating with absolutely zero waste to landfills, while the remaining four plants are producing a very small amount of landfill waste that accounts for less than one-half of 1 percent of all manufacturing-related waste.”

More than 95 percent of all waste generated in the assembly of Honda products in North America is either recycled or reused, the report said.

In the report, Honda also said it wants to continue to focus on a minimum of 90 percent design recyclability, maintaining or improving new product designs to facilitate dismantling.