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Ford Plans to Reduce Vehicle Waste by 40%

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a new way to cut back on their carbon footprint. Whether it's recycling your plastics, biking to work, or trading in your gas guzzler for one of the fuel-efficient new or used cars here at Lewis Ford, every little bit helps when it comes to saving our planet. Well in an effort to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon even more than they already are, our favorite automaker has recently set some mighty ambitious goals for itself over the next few years.

"Reducing waste is a crucial part of our strategy toward building a world-class manufacturing system,"1 says John Fleming, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs at Ford. And to show that they mean business, Ford has announced that they plan to improve their waste reductions by 40% over the next three years. In other words, that means cutting their waste-to-landfill to 13.4 lb. per vehicle by 2016.

A tall order if there ever was one, but one that Ford has already been working towards achieving.

For starters, Ford has already turned their Van Dyke Transmission Plant into their first zero waste-to-landfill manufacturing plant in North America, thus diverting 15 tons of waste-from-landfill per month. In addition, they've also teamed up with their global suppliers to start using more eco-friendly packaging for their parts and vehicles, and they've taken significant strides in eliminating waste production by reducing the amount of waste that goes into their facilities in the first place.

And not only is it good for the environment, but considering the $225 million that Ford made in revenue last year from the 568,000 tons of scrap metal they recycled in the US and Canada, it's awfully good for them as well.

So if you'd like to learn more about the eco-friendly models on our lineup, like the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi and 2013 Ford Focus Electric, then feel free to pay our parts department a visit down here at 3373 North College in Fayetteville, AR 72703. Talk about your all-time win-wins, huh?

Source: 1http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2013/02/ford_aims_to_trim_vehicle_wast.html

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