Vauxhall goes landfill-free

Vauxhall’s parts warehouse in Luton has become the latest in a string of facilities under the General Motors umbrella to say no to landfill.

Joining warehouses across Europe, Asia and the Americans, the Luton storage facility is now one of 122 facilities that recycle, reuse or repurpose all waste from their daily operations.

For Vauxhall, this represents the latest in a long list of endeavours undertaken by the marque to improve its green credentials.

As a result, the Luton-based carmaker has received a raft of accolades and awards for its eco-friendliness, including several awards for its hybrid Ampera model.

Family of green engines

On top of that, Vauxhall has also made attempts to reduce the carbon footprint of its conventionally-fuelled range, thanks to a new family of green engines and improvements for its models.

Peter Durham, operations manager at the Luton warehouse, said: “Our landfill-free movement is part of our culture of continuous improvement embraced by teams globally.

“Not only does it make our operations more efficient and help conserve vital resources, but it means that we’re able to reinvest the money into other parts of the business including our new products.”

Landfill-free

For General Motors, the parent company which owns Vauxhall, the decision to increase the number of its facilities with landfill-free statuses will help it avoid more than 600,000 metric tons of emissions.

According to the company, the cutting down of landfilling is comparable to the greenhouse gas benefit of 15 million trees planted

GM’s global manager of waste reduction, John Bradburn, said: “Our ultimate goal is not to generate any waste at all. Until then, we do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t end up in the ground.

“From connecting with our suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we apply lessons learned across all of our operations to broaden the positive impact.”

Vauxhall says that employee awareness is one of the key factors in the effort to go landfill free, and has run awareness campaigns to encourage workers to reduce waste.

The Luton warehouse claims that its success is due not only to a robust training programme, but also to its network of local recycling partners and suppliers.

Similar initiatives undertaken by other manufacturers in the past include Kia’s effort to drastically reduce landfilling, while Ford also pioneered a recycling scheme back in 2010.