By-product management within Lear manufacturing operations, R&D and offices is a key element of Lear’s environmental sustainability efforts. Through identification and reduction of wastes generated, reusing materials wherever possible, segregating materials for recycling, and standardizing our data tracking process throughout our facilities globally, Lear is able to demonstrate stewardship and care over the natural resource impacts of our actions.
Lear’s global Environmental Management System (EMS) leverages by-product management as one of its significant tools. Plants track and report their by-product volumes and costs through a third-party data management program. By-product volumes, costs, and revenues are leveraged by the facilities in developing their goals and objectives and producing enterprise-wide reports of recycling performance.
Lear embraces the Reduce, Reuse, Reclaim, Recycle and Redesign concept and focuses our By-Products Management program on the philosophy to generate minimal waste. Waste minimization involves reducing the amount of waste produced during production and non-production activities. Our by-products management program involves redesigning of products and/or changing the production processes to prevent the creation of waste, which supports our efforts to attain our sustainable goals. The most environmentally resourceful, economically efficient, and cost-effective way to manage waste is to not create waste in the first place.
Lear has rolled out a “Zero Waste to Landfill” initiative globally to encourage recycling, promote composting and eliminate by-products from being discarded in a landfill. Lear has defined “Landfill Free” as “elimination of production waste from disposal in a landfill.” Lear recycled 2 million tonnes of waste generated globally, amounting to 55% of its total waste generated (including wastewater).