At Subaru, Innovative Styrofoam Reuse Saves $1MM

[Video] Episode 2 of Who We Are is What We Leave Behind
Sep 18, 2015 10:10 AM ET

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA), the home of Subaru manufacturing in North America, was the first automotive assembly plant in America designated as zero landfill, achieving that status in 2004. Previously, in 2003, SIA became the first automotive plant site to be designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation for wildlife such as blue heron, snapping turtles, coyote, white-tailed deer and bald eagles.

SIA employs a number of techniques to prepare its waste for reuse or recycling, such as separating food waste for composting and sending the dust produced from weld slag to a recycling facility where copper and other metals are reclaimed. Since 2000, SIA has reduced waste per unit by 55%. T

Even the seemingly smallest idea can have enormous impact, on both the environment and the bottom line. Watch and see how one suggestion from a Subaru employee resulted in countless natural resources saved and an incredible financial windfall for Subaru.

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