SANTA ANA, Calif. – Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) has become the latest Yokohama facility to become a zero landfill operation, the company announced today.
According to Yokohama, all waste now generated at the Virginia plant goes to non-landfill options like recycling, resuse or energy recovery. To achieve this, the plant had strategically put in processes and practices that 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,’” said Neil Dalton, Yokohama Corporation of North America director of environmental health and safety.
By the start of 2015, the landfill waste output from YTMV was down to two percent of all waste generated, and as of September, the facility reached the zero level.
“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,” said Tetsuro Murakami, YTMV president.
The zero landfill initiative is part of an ongoing global environmental mandate from The Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC), YTMV’s parent company in Japan.