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Ford diverts production waste from landfill - COMMENT UPDATE

Fords diesel engine centre in Dagenham has prevented almost 13,000 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill. Production has started on Fords 1.4 and 1.6 litre diesel engines, with plans to improve its environmental efficiency. According to Ford, it has diverted waste being sent to landfill by recycling dried fluids and old concrete for its new production floor. Metal filing and other waste from the machining process are also squeezed dry of lubricants and sold on as brisquettes for recycling. When the Dagenham diesel centre was being prepared for its new 1.4 and 1.6 litre engine line, 20,000m² of old concrete was broken, pulverised and reused for the production hall floor. Ford technical specialist Stuart Burn said: We are delighted that our eco-efficient production at Dagenham is recognised. Not only are we minimising Dagenhams environmental impact, we are also helping the consumer. As well as trying to reduce waste, Ford, is also reducing its gas and electricity consumption. Its wind powered diesel centre produces over 6,000,000 kWh of renewable electricity and as a result Ford has cut its electricity bill by 12%. COMMENT: If these figures are to be believed, over 83 gallons of fuel (or ~375L) can be obtained from each tonne of municipal waste.This seems impossible? Posted by Don Bradley. 18 Jul 2007

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