MARYVILLE, TN – Throughout 1999, Denso International America Inc.’s auto-parts plant near Knoxville here sent 2,812 tons (2,550 t) of trash to the local Blount County landfill. In 2007, the facility delivered a mere 136 tons (123 t) of solid waste to the dump – a staggering 95% improvement, thanks to a corporate philosophy to rachet up environmentally friendly manufacturing methods throughout North America and the world over the course of several years. Even more remarkable, the drastic ...

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