DETROIT (July 7, 4 p.m. ET) — General Motors Co. using a compostable, cornstarch-based packaging foam to help it extend its efforts to reach “landfill-free” status at more of its plants.
The Detroit-based automaker already said that 76 of its manufacturing facilities qualify as landfill free, and it aims to add another 10 sites this year. It is also extending the effort to reduce waste to non-production sites, including an aftermarket warehouse site in Burton, Mich.
GM noted in a July 7 news release that it adapted a bio-based foam from Landaal Packaging Systems of Burton to block and brace products like sheet metal to ensure the parts arrived safely. The foam is both bio-based and compostable.
The carmaker estimates it recycled 92 percent of the waste generated at its facilities in 2010, including regular and landfill-free sites.