Ford Motor Company’s Canada-based manufacturing facilities have a big announcement: collectively, they have all attained zero waste-to-landfill status. The Essex and Windsor Engine Plants had already both accomplished this, in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The last to cross the threshold was the Oakville Assembly Plant.
Ford Motor Company has a rather large stated commitment to the environment, having now brought a total of 21 facilities up to the same standard globally.
The impact? In 2013, Ford claims, the Oakville Assembly Plant saved in excess of 5000 cubic meters of landfill space, and more than 32 million gallons of water. That’s before it had yet accomplished zero waste-to-landfill status.
What’s more, with Oakville’s help, Ford hopes to reduce landfill waste globally by 40 percent in the span from 2011 to 2016. This is in addition to the 40 percent reduction they’ve already seen from 2007 to 2011.
So far, only a handful of plants here in the United States have achieved the same status – including the Rawsonville Plant and the Van Dyke Transmission Plant, both in the Metro Detroit area in Michigan. We certainly hope that the automaker has plans for more steps toward environmental sustainability here in its home turf.