Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, says it has achieved zero waste-to-landfill operations and, in doing so, is the world's first school bus manufacturer to have earned this distinction.
Zero waste-to-landfill essentially means that nothing, not even a gum wrapper, makes its way from a company to a landfill. Everything received or produced by Thomas Built is either used, reused, recycled, reclaimed, sold or converted into energy. In December 2010, Thomas Built carted off its last load of junk to a local landfill. Since then, the school bus manufacturer has operated as a zero-waste facility.
In addition to conventional school buses, Thomas Built manufactures hybrid-electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, including the Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG model, which is the bus that the Kansas City Public School District ordered 47 of last December.
[Source: Green Car Congress]