General Motors Canada Achieves 100 per cent Landfill-free Operations at its Manufacturing Facilities

Oshawa Assembly joins St. Catharines Propulsion and CAMI Assembly in diverting 100 per cent of waste from landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

2018-02-28


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OSHAWA, Ontario (February 28, 2018) – Oshawa Assembly and the Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) Oshawa Campus are the latest Canadian operations to join GM’s growing list of landfill-free facilities. General Motors now operates 142 global facilities that recycle, reuse or convert-to-energy all waste from daily operations – more than any other auto maker.

With the addition of Oshawa Assembly to the list of landfill-free operations, GM is now diverting 100 per cent waste from landfills at all Canadian manufacturing facilities, joining St. Catharines Propulsion and CAMI Assembly which have been operating landfill-free since 2008 and 2014, respectively.

In Ontario, the waste sector is responsible for approximately six per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. GM Canada has become a leader and is setting an example for businesses to strive for zero-waste operations.

In addition to achieving these new landfill-free facilities, GM recently proposed a project to build a 6.4 megawatt co-generation plant that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant by more than 77 per cent using renewable landfill gas to generate electricity and recover thermal energy to power and heat the Plant.

“Diverting waste from landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering waste -- including cutting GHGs from transporting and landfilling waste, and in the supply chain -- roughly offsets the total GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations,” said Steve Carlisle, president and managing director of GM Canada.

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Contact:

Mathew Palmer
Director, Communications
905-431-1258
mathew.palmer@gm.com

About General Motors in Canada

General Motors of Canada Company markets Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles through Canada’s largest dealer network, as well as OnStar and MAVEN services. Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, GM Canada employs more than 8,000 people across the country and is a recognized leader in advanced manufacturing, green operations, active safety, and autonomous and connected vehicle technology research and development. More information on the company can be found at www.gm.ca or by following @GMcanada on Twitter.

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