Vauxhall warehouse gains landfill-free status


Worker operates forklift at Luton Warehouse

Vauxhall’s Luton parts warehouse has joined GM’s portfolio of facilities that have achieved landfill-free status. The running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.


“Our landfill-free movement is part of our culture of continuous improvement, embraced by teams globally,” said Peter Durham, Operations Manager at the Luton Warehouse. “Not only does it make our operations more efficient and help conserve vital resources, but it means that we’re able to reinvest the money into other parts of the business, including our new products.”


GM’s 11 new landfill-free facilities are:


  • Luton Warehouse (UK)
  • CAMI Assembly (Canada)
  • Colmotores Assembly (Colombia)
  • Joinville Engine (Brazil)
  • Zaragoza Assembly (Spain)
  • Zaragoza Stamping (Spain)
  • Grand Rapids Operations (Michigan)
  • Burton Warehouse and Distribution Centre (Michigan)
  • GM Heritage Centre (Michigan)
  • Shanghai Headquarters (China)
  • Fontana Warehouse and Distribution Centre (California).


By means of these 11 facilities becoming landfill-free, GM globally reduces its CO2-equivalent emissions by a further 600,000-plus metric tons. This is comparable to the greenhouse-gas benefit of 15 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.


“Our ultimate goal is not to generate any waste at all,” said John Bradburn, GM global manager of waste reduction. “Until then, we do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t end up in the ground. From connecting with our suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we apply lessons learned across all of our operations to broaden the positive impact.”


Employee awareness is key in the drive towards landfill-free operations. Vauxhall has run awareness campaigns to help employees reduce waste and sort it correctly. Luton Warehouse attributes its success to robust training initiatives that drive the zero-waste culture.


All 11 facilities above treat their waste as resources out of place, and use a number of methods to give them a second or third life. A strong network of recycling partners and suppliers helps them achieve their goals. Localising the supply chain also strengthens the business case for recycling, while reducing the overall carbon footprint.


GM’s goal is to achieve 125 landfill-free sites globally by 2020. The company has already met its 10% total waste reduction commitment – seven years ahead of schedule.