Waste and resource management
When it comes to waste management, we believe that prevention and recycling are preferable to disposal. Accordingly, the reconditioning and reuse of raw, process, and operating materials has been standard practice at the Group’s plants for many years now. Moreover, in order to avoid the creation of waste from the very beginning, we use innovative technologies and eco-friendly production planning processes. Because we are responsible for our waste even after it has left our plants, we use a standard process to evaluate at regular intervals the companies that are charged with disposing the waste of our German production facilities. None of the waste is exported to other countries.
The prevention of landfill waste is one of our top priorities in the United States. Following the first successful project at Daimler Trucks North America in Gaffney, South Carolina, the Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point, North Carolina, also stopped depositing waste at landfills in early 2011. Since May 2011 the Daimler Buses North America plant in Mississauga, Canada, has been officially certified as being a “zero waste to landfill” facility. In less than a year, the van assembly plant in Ladson, South Carolina, practically achieved its target of recycling 99.5 percent of its waste. In honor of this achievement, the plant received an Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. All of these successes are the result of everyone’s tireless efforts to prevent waste, sort any unavoidable waste that does occur, and come up with new ways to recycle materials and energy.
My Sustainability Report
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