Zero landfill operations are achieved at US Yokohama site

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Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) – a subsidiary that manufactures passenger car and light truck tires in Salem, Virginia, USA – became a zero landfill operation as of September 2015.

Neil Dalton, director of environmental health and safety, Yokohama Corporation of North America, said, “All waste generated at YTMV now goes to non-landfill options, such as recycling, reuse or energy recovery.”

To successfully achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status, YTMV has strategically implemented processes and practices that greatly reduce 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,'” said Dalton.

As of the start of 2015, YTMV had reduced its landfill waste output to 2% of all waste generated, and the facility reached the zero level in September.

“Our efforts to fulfill our social corporate responsibility of green sustainability begin with our core business of developing products and operating plants that minimize environmental impact,” noted YTMV president Tetsuro Murakami.

December 1, 2015

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