Turning Tyres Into Text Books With Ford's Recycling Pledge

Vehicle owner manuals made from rubber tyres and T-shirts made from plastic bottles are just two of the ideas being put forward by Ford Motor Company Ltd in a ground-breaking pledge to recycle all of its manufacturing waste.

Ford has just signed up to the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code, run by London Remade. They will be working with Ford to develop a market for the company’s manufacturing waste products including a plastic and quarry waste aggregate that can be used to resurface roads.

Ford is already using pioneering and revolutionary recycling technologies, with the aim that by 2008 it will not be sending any manufacturing waste to landfill. Ford aims to be able to recycle it at either nil cost, or even generate a small revenue.

A water filtering system that uses recycled glass bottles can purify Ford’s plant process water so effectively that it can be recycled back into the system rather than be discharged as effluent into the sewage system. Spin-offs from this filtration system would see the end of oil sludge generated at Ford’s Dagenham site.

Ben Diggins, Ford manufacturing engineer said: "We plan to investigate ways we can buy and use recycled materials, possibly even from our own waste, such as using tyres to make rubber pouches to replace all our vehicle owner manual books or using plastic bottles to make high visibility vests and T-shirts for our staff."

Published 1 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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