US carmaker plans more “landfill-free” sites by 2010

The General Motors Corporation, the leading US carmaker, plans to convert all waste from more than half of its global manufacturing plants by 2010, Reuters reports.

GM currently earns about US$1 billion by recycling scraps of steel. In North America, the company also recycles cardboard, wood, oil, plastic and other materials.

The automaker, which has more than 160 factories worldwide, recycles all waste from 43 of its vehicle-manufacturing facilities, known as "landfill-free" operations. That number is expected to exceed 80 by 2010.

GM’s recycling effort is part of US carmakers’ efforts to become more environmentally responsible.

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