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GM Announces 100th Facility Is ‘Landfill-Free’

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LANSING (AP) - General Motors Co. says it has reached a landmark when it comes to keeping stuff out of landfills.

The Detroit-based automaker announced Tuesday that its 100th facility has achieved “landfill-free” status. A Lansing parts distribution center helped GM reach the milestone.

The company says it reduces waste and then focuses on recycling and reuse. That includes recycling scrap cardboard into sound absorbers for vehicle roofs and used tires into air deflectors on pickup trucks.

The automaker says it recycled or reused 2.6 million metric tons at plants worldwide last year — equivalent to about 38 million garbage bags. GM says it’s reduced total waste by about 43 percent since 1997.

GM also announced the Lansing plant received “Energy Star” certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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