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Yokohama’s Virginia Plant Generates Zero Waste

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Yokohama’s Virginia Plant Generates Zero Waste

Yokohama Tire Corp.’s plant in Salem, Va., has achieved zero landfill operation status. All waste generated at the plant goes to non-landfill options such as recycling, reuse or energy recovery.

By the beginning of 2015, the landfill waste output from the plant was down to two percent of all waste generated, and as of September, the facility reached the zero level.

In March, the plant received the 2015 Environmental Warrior Award from the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA). The award was bestowed upon the facility as part of VWEA’s 2015 Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Environmental Excellence Awards Program.

In 2014, the plant was appointed into the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) with an E4 status, the highest status rating awarded by the program. YTMV also received ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems in 2007 and has continued to promote environmental protection and conservation in all its activities.  

“Our efforts to fulfill our social corporate responsibility of green sustainability begin with our core business of developing products and operating plants that minimize environmental impact,” said Tetsuro (Tex) Murakami, president of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia LLC (YTMV).

The zero landfill initiative is part of an ongoing global environmental mandate from Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., YTMV’s parent company in Japan.

Yokohama Tire Corp. and YTMV are part of Yokohama Corp. of North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.

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