The program launched in 2001 when Honda’s manufacturing facility in Alabama achieved the companies first zero waste to landfill – precipitating the initiative.
Before the program, Honda was producing up to 60 pounds of waster per vehicle; now, the program sees plants sending any excess or waste materials for recycling or energy recovery.
For instance, Honda plants took more than 9,000 pounds of leftover sand from metal casting operations and re-used it in landscaping projects. The Honda Ohio plant has been recycling 22 tons of steel annually.
According to Karen Heyob, Manager at Honda of America, MFG. Inc., "This is an important achievement and a tremendous reflection on the commitment and continuous effort of Honda associates throughout our company over the past 10 years to reduce waste from Honda's production operations. This is an even more significant achievement when you consider that we also produce in North America the engines and transmissions that power our products."
The remaining 4 plants in North America that aren’t 100% zero waste are operating with what the company calls “virtually zero waste” to the landfill.
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