Ford’s zero waste drive generates colossal cost savings

Ford Motors is realising exceptional cost benefits through its waste reduction agenda, saving $225m (£149m) through the recycling of 568,000 tonnes of scrap metal in the US and Canada alone.

The company launched a five-year plan in 2011 to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill between 2011 and 2016 to 40% per vehicle. 

Ford says it is building on the success it saw between 2007 and 2011, when the amount of waste sent to landfill per vehicle was reduced by 40%.

Reductions were accomplished through the launch of new initiatives and programs, such as paint waste recycling at facilities in Australia, Thailand, India and Spain.

Fords claims its latest strategy covers every angle of its business process – from working with global suppliers to use more eco-friendly packaging, to enabling employees to play an active role in coming up with ways to help the company reach its goals.

Actions identified as key near-term goals for waste reduction at Ford facilities around the world include identifying the largest waste-to-landfill streams at each plant and leveraging production systems.

Conor McGlone

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