In Brazil, huge amounts of cooking oil are used in restaurants and homes, where disposal can be a challenge. Getting rid of the oil can clog drains, release toxic chemicals into the water and harm plants and animals. In 2011, we began a local initiative: the Oil Recycling Program. Our first step was to encourage plant employees to recycle oil daily. By 2013, we had collected 1,800 liters of cooking oil to be transformed back into biofuels, soaps and other useful materials.
Last July, we celebrated Environment Day in Brazil, Mexico and the other Delphi locations in Latin America, by educating people on how to protect our Earth so it can be enjoyed by future generations. Activities started with an artistic flair as children were asked to creatively express the theme of climate change. Delphi Mexico and Delphi Brazil created campaigns, held educational workshops and recycling marathons, and undertook water, energy and reforestation projects to underline our wider responsibility. We also launched the Zero Landfill challenge, encouraging all of our Latin American plants to recycle up to 95% of waste generated on site.