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Toyota’s not just reducing waste on Earth Day

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It something they’ve been doing for quite a while – to the tune of over 1.9 million trash cans during the last four years, just at their sales and logistics centers around the country.
They’ve been doing such a great job of it the Environmental Protection Agency has handed the corporation a 2013 WasteWise Large Business Partner of the Year award for the second time.
These same facilities have received a WasteWise award four years running, recognizing their efforts to minimize waste, expand recycling and purchase products with attention to sustainability.
“Toyota focuses on continually improving how we do business,” remarked Chris Reynolds, TMS chief environmental officer. “By reducing waste and increasing efficiency, we save environmental resources and lower costs for both Toyota and our customers.”
The total trash reduction at those sales and logistics centers adds up to over 304 million pounds of waste avoidance, preventing a full 98 percent of their trash from being hauled away to landfills or incinerators. That's the equivalent of 1,843 Endeavor Shuttles, like the one the Toyota Tundra pulled across the bridge in California.
The WasteWise program is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the EPA to help organizations achieve cost savings, improve efficiency and reduce their climate footprint through waste reduction. The firms involved vary from large and small businesses to nonprofit organizations to federal, state, local and even tribal governments.
Were thinking that’s the way Mother Nature wants to be treated.
Sometimes it takes a creative approach to keep stuff out of the landfill. For example when the trucks from the North American Parts Center in Kentucky drop off parts at regional distribution centers, they’re loaded with plastic bags and plastic stretch wrap for the return trip. Such plastics are not easy to recycle, but Toyota has found a nearby manufacturer that combines the recycled plastic with reusable wood to make composite patio materials, taking the plastic from packing to decking.
It’s an example we can all emulate by reducing, reusing or recycling many of the things we take to the curb on trash day.
Happy Earth Day!