Manufacturers Going “Zero Waste-To-Landfill”
Car manufacturers are working to reduce not only the emissions of their vehicles, but also the amount of waste sent to landfills while making those vehicles. Subaru has an award wining “zero-waste” factory in Indiana, USA. Honda has 10 (of 14) North American facilities that are considered “zero-waste-to-landfill” (see image to the right). And although the effort to keep trash out of landfills is a step in the right direction, one of the ways that these manufacturers keep waste out of landfills is by burning it for energy. And there are two down-sides to that. First, burning waste can produce some extremely toxic emissions which are then released into the atmosphere. And second, burning a product, like for example a piece of plastic, makes it unusable forever. So, is it worth it?