NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 8, 2015) – Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) recently showcased its industry-leading innovations in sustainable manufacturing at the 2015 National Zero Waste Business Conference in Los Angeles. The event gathered experts from a range of industries to share ideas, tools and best practices in creating value for business through zero waste. Diane Scher, Bridgestone Manager of Environmental Affairs, shared details about the company’s sustainability efforts and the critical components of a successful zero waste program as part of a panel presentation featuring other business leaders in environmental sustainability.
“Collaborating and sharing ideas with other business leaders through events like this benefits not only Bridgestone, but more importantly, it encourages continued commitment to environmental sustainability practices,” said Scher. “Bridgestone has many innovative national and global sustainability efforts underway, and we are honored to be included in the conversation and to share our lessons learned.”
Scher participated in a panel discussion titled “Pieces of Zero: Critical components for a successful zero waste program,” during which she discussed numerous Bridgestone sustainability efforts, including the company’s Tires4ward tire recycling program and zero waste to landfill achievements at various Bridgestone tire manufacturing facilities in the Americas. The company’s Wilson, North Carolina passenger and light truck tire manufacturing plant, LaVergne, Tennessee truck and bus tire plant, and passenger and light truck tire plant in Aiken, South Carolina have all achieved zero waste to landfill. The Americas Technical Center, the hub for innovation at Bridgestone, reached zero waste to landfill in May 2014.
The National Zero Waste Business Conference is hosted annually by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council with the goal of helping companies identify waste reduction methods, collaborate with others in the industry and ultimately achieve zero waste to landfill.
The environmental mission of Bridgestone is to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. The company has outlined a long-term environmental vision to build products made from fully renewable and sustainable materials by the year 2050. All of the company’s sustainability initiatives are aligned under the One Team, One Planet sustainability platform. For additional information about the company’s One Team, One Planet environmental activities or the environmental mission of Bridgestone, visit www.BridgestoneAmericas.com.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.