Today's News / Global

Ford cuts waste: 100 million pounds spared from landfills since 2007

May 1, 2012
KEYWORDS ford / global / landfills / waste
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Ford Motor Company pursues sustainability goalsBetween 2007 and 2011, Ford reduced its global waste to landfills by 44 percent, or 100 million pounds – 49 percent in North America, according to a company press release.

On a per-vehicle basis, global waste to landfills decreased by 39 percent between 2007 and 2011 – 47 percent in North America.
 
Ford is exploring novel technologies, such as using paint solids to generate energy, to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills, according to the company.

Ford plans to further reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 10 percent per vehicle by the end of the year – building on existing efforts that have cut global waste by 100 million pounds (44 percent) in the last five years.

If successful, that means the company would generate about 20 pounds of waste per vehicle on a global basis – roughly the weight of one tire.

"Reducing waste to landfills is one of our top environmental priorities and we continue to challenge our teams to identify and implement innovative solutions," said Andy Hobbs, director, Ford's Environmental Quality Office.

Ford develops such targets as part of its annual environmental business planning process that also recently led to establishment of a global cross-functional team spanning several divisions to review waste generation more holistically.

One of the best examples of how Ford has reduced waste can be found at its plant in Flat Rock, Mich., where the automaker uses an innovative process to eliminate waste and transform paint solids into energy at the AutoAlliance International facility.

Ford began a pilot program in 2011 with a local energy supplier at AutoAlliance, where paint solids – a material often sent to landfills – are sent to the energy supplier and used as a raw material in its process to generate electricity.

"When we paint a vehicle, not all the paint ends up on the vehicle," said Lisa Hansen, manager, Technical Services, EQO. "We use a water wash scrubber system to capture and collect the excess paint solids so they are not released into the environment."

The reprocessed paint solids are then dewatered to increase their energy value and sent to a local power plant. The project is being replicated at several other Ford assembly plants.

Other examples of Ford's efforts to reduce waste can be found at numerous facilities:

Chicago Stamping Plant, with its waste management partner, has established a Blue Bag recycling program in which recyclable materials are collected throughout the plant. Instead of placing these materials in the general trash, they are placed in designated collection bins so the materials are recycled and not sent to landfills. Recently, more than 3,000 pounds of plastic was diverted from landfills through this program

Kentucky Truck Plant and its waste management partner have established a Single Stream Recycling program where recyclable materials are sent to a sorting facility for reuse and recycling, which has reduced compacted trash sent to landfills by 39 percent

Ford's waste reduction efforts are the latest example of how the company remains committed to sustainability – from the materials used in vehicles to the plants in which they are built.

In December, Ford announced plans to reduce the amount of water it uses in the manufacture of each vehicle 30 percent by 2015, compared with the amount used per vehicle in 2009.

During the week leading up to Earth Day, the company detailed how it is working on numerous new sustainable materials for possible use in its vehicles, including corn, sugar beets and cane, coconuts and even shredded money.

And Ford has announced it is launching new initiatives that encourage people to take a more sustainable approach in life year-round with a national electrified vehicle education program, multi-city tour and the debut of a 10-film documentary series with SHFT.com, an award-winning sustainability lifestyle platform.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASSEâ??s Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

6/26/14 2:00 pm EDT

Realizing ROI from Your Gas Detection Program

This presentation will cover why a safe workplace equates to good business, why keeping workers truly safe from hazardous gases requires a complete gas detection program, and how your investment can ensure an ROI to your overall business.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN0714_cover.jpg

2014 July

In this month's issue of ISHN, check out the top training companies and find out who the winners of the ISHN/ASSE Safety 2014 awards are.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - May 2014

ISHN0514FDO_cover.jpgFor Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THEMAY 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.