Page Overview: Zero waste to landfills
Jul 17, 2016

Zero waste to landfills.


BMW Manufacturing Thailand set a target on accomplishing zero waste to landfill, and has now reached that target; BMW plant associates are continuing to stride toward eco-friendly behaviors.

Bangkok. BMW Manufacturing Thailand set a goal set to eliminate waste sent to landfills. Today, BMW Manufacturing Thailand can proudly claim to have reached that goal and can say that the plant is not producing any landfill waste.

Rather than sending waste products to landfills, BMW Manufacturing Thailand has found alternative ways to responsibly dispose of discarded items. Waste that was previously sent to landfills has been reallocated. Hazardous waste is now used in blending fuels; canteen waste feeds local animals; and all other waste is either recycled or goes through the Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) process.

BMW Manufacturing Thailand’s decrease in waste consumption benefits the greater community by minimizing overall pollution and supporting a greener, cleaner Thailand.

Mr. Jeffrey Gaudiano, CEO of BMW Manufacturing Thailand says, “I am incredibly proud of the efforts made by Plant Thailand associates to eliminate the waste that our plant produces. With less waste production, we can continue to focus on producing top-quality vehicles while decreasing our footprint.”

How did BMW Manufacturing Thailand do it? Currently, the plant is advertising its “3R” awareness campaign to promote the concepts of reducing, reusing, and recycling its associates. BMW’s “Value-added Production System”, or VPS, also promotes ways to improve business processes and teaches employees to identify and avoid waste. BMW Manufacturing Thailand’s efforts towards zero waste to landfill are in accordance with the VPS principles of Continuous Improvement and Zero Waste.

Similarly, associates participate in an initiative that is called “Corporate Social Responsibility,” or CSR. A main aspect of the CSR initiative encourages the design and implementation of a community service project.

A recent CSR project helped reduce the number of gloves that are discarded from the plant; the gloves are now cleaned and donated to local farmers.

While continuing to reduce the amount of physical waste produced, BMW Manufacturing Thailand is also working towards reducing both water and energy consumption.

Plant associates are also supporting the community through an initiative called “Care for Water.” Through this program, BMW Manufacturing Thailand will funded 500,000 Baht to helping Thai locals access clean water; the plan is to provide 2 villages in Khon Kean and Kamphaeng-phet provinces with 200 water filtration systems that will support the people through the drought crisis, as well as to provide a lasting clean water source.