Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Candy Bars Stand In Way of Zero Waste

Oh plastic...why must you exist? And how could we live without you?

This article from Plastic News is related to my previous post about Honda and Zero Waste.  It seems that food packaging - candy bars and chip bags - are hindering Honda's Mexico plant.  In other Zero Waste Honda plants, plastic would be packaged up and shipped to factories to be incinerated and used to produce electricity. However at this particular plant, there are no facilities nearby and transporting tons of plastic across the country to the U.S. would be more waste than benefit. So unfortunately, the candy bar leavings just go to the landfill.

Very interesting...I would really like to learn more about how Honda defines Zero Waste. However, I have to wait until the Peloton Sustainability Group has gotten some stuff done before I research it. But hopefully soon!

Here's a link to the article:

"MARYSVILLE, OHIO (July 18, 1:30 p.m. ET) -- Plastic candy wrappers and a sticky ethical question are the only two things standing between Honda Motor Co. and its ambitious goal of declaring that every one of its 14 North American factories is producing zero landfill waste."


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ten Honda Manufacturing Facilities in North America Achieve Zero Waste Sent to Landfill

Boy am I proud to be a Honda owner. Not only is my car cool-looking, functional, reliable (so far) and cheap, now I can know that the company as a whole views protecting the environment as more than just a revenue-generating tactic (Civic Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, Insight, Civic CND). Ten of Honda's 14 plants in North America have gone to Zero Waste! Though, I didn't realize this initiative had been going on for so long but I really only started looking into this stuff in the past few years. :)
Olivia "Livy" Honda - A 2008 Honda Element and MY car! :)
Article below:

Ten Honda Manufacturing Facilities in North America Achieve Zero Waste Sent to Landfill

TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda announced today that it has achieved one of the most important targets in the company’s longstanding “Green Factory” initiative in North America: zero-waste-to-landfill. Ten of 14 Honda manufacturing plants in North America are now operating with zero waste to landfill, while the remaining four plants are functioning with “virtually zero” waste to landfill.

“There are hundreds of stories of associate innovation and challenging spirit that add up to this significant advancement in our commitment to more environmentally responsible manufacturing”
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, in Lincoln, Ala., became the first zero-waste-to-landfill auto plant in North America at the outset of production in 2001, setting off an industry-leading trend within the company. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, in Greensburg, Ind., also started production as a zero-waste-to-landfill plant in 2008.
Waste sent to landfills has been dramatically reduced at Honda auto plants throughout North America—from 62.8 pounds of industrial waste to landfills for every automobile produced in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001(FY2001), to an estimated 1.8 pounds per automobile in the current fiscal year 2012. Among all of its 14 plants in North America, Honda now sends less than one-half of 1 percent of all operating waste to landfills. Remaining waste product is either recycled or used for energy recovery.
The plant in Lincoln, AL. Kinda boring, but Honda has never really been known for its sick-looking designs. HAHA!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Recycle Your Batteries!! (All of them)

I have been on a journey for a long while to try to find a place that recycles ALL batteries. Most places like Staples or the OfficeMax/OfficeDepot places and Best Buy will do rechargeable ones and some recycling places will dispose of the really hazardous ones like car batteries but not a lot of places do the regular ones.
Located on Arapahoe Ave. north of Pearl St. in Boulder, CO.

However, Batteries Plus will do ANY kind of battery! This includes:
Lithium Ion
Rechargeable (both nimh and nicd)

Cell Phone
Digital and Video Camera
And Laptop Batteries.


Car and Motorcycle Batteries!
 Had enough? There's more! But I actually don't know what other types of batteries there are, but Batteries Plus would take them. This was confirmed by my local Batteries Plus (almost abbreviated BP but I didn't want to confuse anyone between good environmental practices and bad environmental practices....*coughcoughGulfOilSpillcough*). He said that I could bring in  "any battery that I could imagine" but I had to do 2 things:

1). Tape each of the contacts with any kind of tape.
2). Separate the different types from each other in pint or gallon ziploc bags. (I wonder if I could use paper bags since those are recyclable...But either way that's a lot less waste than a bunch of tiny containers of toxic chemicals!).

So...Peloton watch out! I'm comin' for your batteries!

(I don't know about iPods...but maybe I'll find out about that soon.)