SHARONVILLE, Ohio - Ask any person in a Ford plant what “swarf” is, and most probably would not know. But this mud-like mixture of metal and abrasive fines is the latest thing to be recycled, keeping it out of landfills.
In 2013, swarf was about 70 percent of the landfilled waste generated by Sharonville Transmission Plant. Starting this month, the plant began recycling swarf into pellets that will be used as pig iron in the steel industry.
That will keep about 600 tons of material out of landfills going forward. Sharonville is the first Ford Motor Company plant in North America to find a way to recycle swarf.