Briggs Super Center is Excited about GM's Landfill-Free Environmental Initiative Gains Steam

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Automaker Now Converting Non-Manufacturing Facilities

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At Briggs Super Center, the leading used car dealer in Manhattan, Kansas, they love "green" technology. The fact that GM is using Landfill-free facilities is great news in their book.

General Motors’ efforts to eliminate the shipment of plant waste to landfills is spreading to its non-manufacturing sites, ten now reuse, recycle or convert to energy all waste from normal operations. This makes them one of the leaders in making sure they care about the environment as they produce vehicles for sale around the world.

“Our non-manufacturing facilities see the importance of being waste-reduction leaders, and they know their customers value it as well,” said John Bradburn, manager of GM’s waste-reduction efforts. “Being landfill-free has become a point of pride for our people and we hope even more facilities achieve the goal this year.”

For example, at a CCA facility in Flint, Michigan, they are pursuing landfill-free status is using an environmentally friendly, bio-based packaging foam from supplier Landaal Packaging Systems that blocks and braces product like sheet metal to ensure safe arrival. Made from extruded cornstarch, the foam is both biodegradable and compostable, which puts this facility far beyond where others are currently. By staying ahead of the green curve, GM hopes to gain many advantages in the years ahead.

“We believe GM has more landfill-free facilities than any other automaker,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “Our engineers and suppliers are finding ways to reduce challenging waste streams, eliminate scrap, and design for the environment.”

The non-manufacturing facilities are in addition to GM’s 76 landfill-free manufacturing facilities. The automaker remains focused on converting more of its manufacturing plants, and has a goal of adding 10 facilities by the end of 2011. Last year, it surpassed a global operations commitment to make half of its 145 plants landfill-free. Manufacturing is at the company’s core, so converting plants produces the largest environmental benefits.

In 2010, all of GM’s worldwide facilities combined – including regular and landfill-free plants – recycled 92% of the waste they created in total. Local consumers who are interested in seeing the great green car line-up from GM are encouraged to stop in at Briggs Super Center - the premiere used car lot in Manhattan, Kansas and surrounding areas. They have the service, selection and sales team to make the car shopping experience easier to deal with.

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