Honda Seeks to Reduce Manufacturing Waste
A recent trade press article reported that Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. has almost entirely stopped sending factory waste to landfills and is now inviting its suppliers to follow suit.
Plastics News says Honda is launching a program this year to help North American suppliers increase plastics recycling. “Landfilling is almost always the cheaper alternative,” says Karen Heyob, associate chief engineer and manager of the automaker’s zero-landfill program. “We could save money if we just sent everything to a landfill. But we don’t want to be that kind of company. Landfills are not the solution for waste management.”
Honda, which launched its zero-landfill efforts in 2001 at its plant in Lincoln, Ala., said that 10 of its 14 U.S., Canadian and Mexican factories have now achieved zero-landfill status.According to Honda, the company’s Timmonsville, S.C., powersports plant, which produces all-terrain vehicles, recycles hard plastic foam, sheet plastic foam and other recyclable plastics from incoming parts shipments, diverting more than 130 tons of plastic from landfills each year.
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