SALEM, Va. (Nov. 23, 2015) — Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia L.L.C.'s (YTMV) Salem plant has become the tire maker's latest facility to become a zero landfill operation.
“All waste generated at YTMV now goes to non-landfill options such as recycling, reuse or energy recovery,” said Neil Dalton, Yokohama Corp. of North America director of environmental health and safety.
To achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status, Yokohama said it had strategically put in processes and practices that have deliberately and significantly reduced waste.
“In order to be a zero landfill plant, it was important to understand as a company that you can't throw anything away because there simply is no ‘away,'” Mr. Dalton said.
By the beginning of 2015, the landfill waste output from the Salem plant was down to 2 percent of all waste generated, and as of September, Yokohama said the facility reached the zero level.