GM awarded Clean Citizen

General Motors’ Flint assembly plant is the latest facility in the GM family to be named a Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The Michigan DEQ recognized the home of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD for recycling 75 percent of the waste streams the facility produced.

The Clean Corporate Citizen is a voluntary environmental program identifying environmental stewardship at Michigan facilities. Additional Flint Assembly achievements include:

  • Reduced energy and water costs by $2.9 million, saving more than $20 per truck in 2011, and
  • Recycled 1,080 tons of cardboard, paper, plastic and wood waste.

Through the facility’s partnership with a number of waste management vendors, they also were able to recycle products such as solvent rags and used oil.

Flint Assembly is one of the oldest facilities General Motors owns, coming into existence shortly after World War II in 1947. Since then, it has come a long way in its efforts to become a more sustainable facility.

“By earning this designation, we have proved that our older facilities are just as apt to be clean as the newer ones,” said Amy Farmer, Flint assembly plant manager. “It is our mission at Flint Assembly, as a responsible member of the community, to do our part to create a healthier environment.”