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GM to boost recycling efforts

General Motors (GM) is taking a regional approach to boosting recycling infrastructure – looking first to the Southeast United States.

GM initiated the Suppliers’ Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum and hosted a group at its Spring Hill, Tennessee complex. GM is seeking to increase its landfill-free facilities from 104 to 125 by 2020.

Suppliers Partnership, a group GM helped form, collaborates with and mentors members within the automotive supply base on environmental and social issues. GM envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network with the potential to increase waste-treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.

Many GM projects, from helping insulate sleeping bags for the homeless and turning oil-soaked booms into parts for the Chevrolet Volt, resulted from collaborating within the Suppliers Partnership network.