Between 2007 and 2011, Ford has reduced its global waste to landfills by 100 million pounds. This amounts to a 39% decrease per vehicle. Now Ford is exploring new technologies to build on this success and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills by 10% more per vehicle by the end of 2012.
One example of how Ford is cutting waste can be seen at several Ford assembly plants, where the automaker has implemented an innovative process that sends paint solids to a local energy supplier to be used as a raw material in its process to generate electricity. Another way in which Ford is reducing waste is found at its Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan, where Ford installed its first solar-powered compactor onsite earlier this year. The energy-efficient compactor compresses the waste much more efficiently, and then sends it to a waste-to-energy facility where it is converted into power.
Now, to help reduce waste even more, Ford is looking into numerous new sustainable materials, such as corn, sugar beets and cane, coconuts, and shredded money, for use in its vehicles. The automaker will also be launching new initiatives encouraging people to take a more sustainable approach in life year-round.