General Motors announces 100th facility is 'landfill free'

GM focuses on recycling to reduces waste in landfills

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LANSING, Mich. - General Motors is reaching a landmark when it comes to keeping stuff out of landfills.

The Detroit-based automaker is expected to announce Tuesday that its 100th facility has achieved "landfill-free" status.

A distribution center in Lansing helped GM reach the milestone.

The company said it first reduces waste and then focuses on recycling and reuse.

That includes recycling scrap cardboard into sound absorbers for vehicle roofs and used tires into air deflectors on pickup trucks.

The automaker said it recycled or reused 2.6 million metric tons at its plants worldwide last year the equivalent to about 38 million garbage bags.

GM says it has reduced total waste by about 43 percent since 1997 and the Lansing plant received "Energy Star" certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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