So, this is kind of cool. GM is recycling used oil booms from the Gulf oil spill into new Chevy Volts.
Recycling the booms means producing more than 100,000 pounds of plastic resin for vehicle components, Mike Robinson, GM vice president of environment, energy and safety policy, said Monday. The booms are floating tube-like barriers that contained the leaking oil.
Reusing the booms means, he said, “about 100,000 pounds of waste was avoided through our recycling project.”
“Watching the spill in the Gulf unfold, we wanted to do something to help if we could,” Robinson said.