Toyota West Virginia Plant Achieves Zero Landfill Status

Date: May 29, 2003

Source: News Room

Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Putnam County has achieved a landmark achievement. The factory sends nothing, not even cafeteria scraps, to landfills. It is one of two Toyota factories in the United States to achieve zero landfill status, the other being in Buffalo. Company officials say the most difficult part of a zero landfill program is the details, from finding a location to recycle dust from grinding wheels to separating small amounts of steel from aluminum shavings when engine blocks are machined. Toyota has an environmental action plan calling for reducing total energy use by 15 percent by 2005. Some Toyota plants in Japan have already reduced use by 19 percent.
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