The General Motors manufacturing facility in Rochester has achieved worldwide status as the company's latest facility to operate landfill-free.
The environment achievement means the Lexington Avenue facility does not send any waste to landfills. The 1,100 employees at the 1.8 million square foot machining operation reuse and recycle all of its waste materials. That includes paper, cardboard, plastics and metal and oil sludge that is converted into energy.
GM says it's focused on thinking of waste as a resource. GM says it receives two cents per pound if recycled versus paying three cents per pound to landfill it.
"This is a 75-year-old plant. We did this without changing any processes, without putting any money into changes," said Gail Finkelstein, GM Rochester environmental engineer. "We took the waste that we had and we found solutions to it. We really shocked ourselves by being able to do that we were really surprised because we didn't think that we could."
In one year, the Rochester plant recycled 115 tons of cardboard. Rochester is GM's 109th facility in the world to go landfill-free. GM and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries.