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Alabama auto facilities add green projects to line-up

LINCOLN, Alabama – Since the first dealer-ready Odyssey rolled down the assembly line at Honda’s Alabama plant on Nov. 14, 2001, the automaker’s facility has produced more than 3.2 million vehicles and engines.

In the past 13 years, the $2 billion plant that sprawls over an area the size of 65 football fields has produced not a trace of one thing you might expect for a manufacturing operation so vast — waste.

Honda says its Alabama plant was the first North American automaking facility to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status when it launched mass production in 2001, and it has remained that way since.

Honda’s is not the only Alabama auto industry facility to score high marks for sustainability. Another example: Toyota’s engine plant in Huntsville has launched a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, earning it recognition as one of the nation’s “greenest” factories. Toyota’s Alabama plant hasn’t sent any manufacturing waste to a landfill since it opened in 2003.

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