Waste Reduction

Ford has a five-year global waste-reduction plan, which details how the company will lessen its environmental impact.

Our Approach

Our Five Key Actions for Waste Reduction

  1. Continue investing in new technologies and programs that minimize waste

  2. Standardize how waste is tracked and sorted at each point to make recycling and reuse easier

  3. Identify the five largest-volume waste sources of waste-to-landfill at each facility

  4. Partner with suppliers to increase the use of eco-friendly packaging

  5. Enable local plants to effect waste management change

Current Waste Mix

  • Wastewater sludge

  • Recovered paint solids

  • Packaging waste

  • Used oils and waste solvent

  • Grinding swarf (metallic particles, abrasives and oils)

  • Other wastes

Ford has reduced waste to landfill per vehicle produced by 54% from 2011 to 2015.

Our Performance

Our global goal is to reduce waste to landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced between 2011 and 2016. As of 2015, we have achieved a reduction of 54 percent.

In 2015, Ford facilities globally sent approximately 35,000 metric tons of waste to landfill – a decrease of 44 percent from 2011.

Targeting Zero Waste to Landfill

A key factor in our approach is to increase the number of plants and facilities achieving zero waste to landfill (ZWTLF).

We have been extending this effort to research and office campuses more recently, including our Research and Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan, where in one year, the measures we took to save paper equaled well over 10,000 trees.

Our United States and Canadian headquarters also send refuse to waste-to-energy facilities, and site managers now use more environmentally sustainable packaging and food containers in cafeterias.

In 2015, six manufacturing facilities and 29 non-manufacturing facilities achieved ZWTLF status.

  North America:  Waste reduction initiatives at our global facilities

Resource Efficiency, Waste Reduction and the Circular Economy

Ford’s work in closed-loop manufacturing processes using aluminum isn’t only in line with what consumers increasingly expect of corporations, it makes financial and environmental sense also.

Aluminum is strong, lighter than steel and also highly recyclable – an attribute we have put to use at our Dearborn manufacturing facility where the Ford F-150 truck is made. To maximize the recycling potential was no easy undertaking and required a truly closed loop to be built, recreating the same automotive sheet again and again and again. Read about our partnership with aluminum supplier Novelis and the development of aluminum alloys with Alcoa.

“Companies can have the most impact on reducing waste.”

80% of adults globally agree1

“I tend to favor products that are made from recyclable content versus those that aren’t.”

82% of adults in China agree, along with 62% in the United States and 55% in the United Kingdom1

  1. Source: BAV Consulting, Global Survey 2015, cited in Ford Consumer Trends 2016.