General Motors Co. said it is approaching recycling regionally, starting in the Southeast where it initiating a recycling forum for various stakeholders.

The Detroit-based automaker said in a news release it also wants to increase its number of landfill-free manufacturing facilities to 125 from 104 by 2020.

GM has initiated its Suppliers ‘ Partnership for the Environment Southern Network forum, bringing together automakers, suppliers, recycling partners and government officials. The group met at GM’s Spring Hill, Tenn., facility in late February to discuss waste-reduction challenges, recycling opportunities and capabilities.

GM said it envisions the new Southern Network forum as the first step in a growing regional recycling and job development network in hopes of increasing waste-treatment options and alternatives to landfilling.

The automaker helped form the Suppliers Partnership, which works with automotive suppliers on environmental and social issues.

 “Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the Southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” said John Bradburn, GM manager of waste-reduction efforts. “By connecting local recyclers – and those with potential – with area companies, we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint.”

GM reports revenue of about $1 billion annually from byproduct recycling and reuse.