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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 5 in Chicago today said it has presented an award to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. for voluntarily eliminating 1.7 million pounds a year of hazardous waste from its manufacturing process. TMMI joined EPA's National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Program in April, 2004. Since then, TMMI identified its purge solvent and fuel tank primer as two areas where waste could be minimized, EPA officials said. Following some experimentation and innovation, TMMI was eventually able to reduce its purge solvent waste by more than half-from 6.60 to 3.02 pounds per vehicle. This is an annual reduction of over 1.3 million pounds of hazardous waste. TMMI was also able to eliminate its fuel tank primer process resulting in a 400,000 pound annual reduction in barium, the EPA said. The voluntary partnership program challenges businesses and manufacturers to become more environmentally aware and to adopt a resource conservation ethic that results in less waste, more recycling and more environment-friendly products. Waste minimization not only means polluting less; it means saving money too. Participating companies throughout the nation are learning that reducing or eliminating waste can boost production efficiency, and improve their image in their community and increase profits.

EPA created the partnership program as part of the Agency's family of voluntary partnership programs, to reduce 30 highly toxic, priority chemicals found in the nation's hazardous waste. This program seeks solutions that prevent pollution at its source, by recovering or recycling chemicals that cannot be easily eliminated or reduced at the endpoint. EPA's goal is to work with industry and the public to reduce the presence of the 30 priority chemicals in hazardous waste by 50 percent before the end of this year, compared with amounts generated in 1991.


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Oh no ... but how can this be, because according to the fanatics on this board Toyota is evil and doesn't care about the environment at all, everything Toyota does environmentally including hybrids is just a marketing move, and Toyota doesn't actually contribute to reducing waste :rolleyes: .
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It's amazing what you can do when you have money. And I don't care about your sarcasm. Toyota is to GM what a rich slutty homewrecker is to a modestly beautiful wife. But speaking of global economies, how's your local job market?
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I wonder how these numbers compare to other manufacturing plants.

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GM Inducted Into U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of Fame
Corporation Recognized for Ten Years of Waste Reduction Success and Innovative Waste Reduction Activities


DETROIT (Oct. 15, 2004) – General Motors was inducted into the U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of Fame in recognition of 10 years of successful waste reduction accomplishments. This induction marks the fourth consecutive year that the corporation has been recognized by the EPA for its successful waste reduction and recycling practices

rest of article: http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/enviro...ise_101304.html
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GM Inducted Into U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of Fame
Corporation Recognized for Ten Years of Waste Reduction Success and Innovative Waste Reduction Activities


DETROIT (Oct. 15, 2004) – General Motors was inducted into the U.S. EPA WasteWise Hall of Fame in recognition of 10 years of successful waste reduction accomplishments. This induction marks the fourth consecutive year that the corporation has been recognized by the EPA for its successful waste reduction and recycling practices

rest of article: http://www.gm.com/company/gmability/enviro...ise_101304.html

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Okay, having an idea what the answer is to this question, I'll ask it anyway: Why is it I haven't heard about this before now?
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Okay, having an idea what the answer is to this question, I'll ask it anyway:  Why is it I haven't heard about this before now?

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2 reasons... well one isnt really a reason, but I've heard it before


and 2... PR... Toyota wants people to know they are the best thing the apposable thumb... so they are bragging about anything and everything... but to GM this is all old news...
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GM is in a dispute with the EPA re purge solvent at one plant, which the EPA claims is waste and which GM says is not waste but part of a closed system (i.e. it all gets re-used). Don't forget everything being wasted costs money, less waste = lower cost, and no-one can afford to throw away anything if they can avoid it somehow. Everyone is on a crusade to cut energy use and waste by substantial amounts every year, so much so that it is not news anymore.
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2 reasons... well one isnt really a reason, but I've heard it before
and 2... PR... Toyota wants people to know they are the best thing the apposable thumb... so they are bragging about anything and everything... but to GM this is all old news...

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Seems like GM was promoting that award pretty well since the article was off its own website.
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Seems like GM was promoting that award pretty well since the article was off its own website.

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Yeah.....because that's where people go to get their world news......the GM website....... and not AP, Rueters, major newspapers, Yahoo, etc! :rolleyes: Edited by BrewSwillis
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Yeah.....because that's where people go to get their world news......the GM website....... and not AP, Rueters, major newspapers, Yahoo, etc! :rolleyes:

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Go back and read what I was replying to in order to see my point.
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The point is not whether the respective companies are issuing PRs but where they are found. toyota's piece came from the media, GM's from their website. A company can issue a PR a day but if it never gets picked up or published by the media, it never becomes 'news'.
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GM: back page <_< Toyota: front page
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GM: back page <_<

Toyota: front page

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