24 May '11, 5pm

Automaker @Chevrolet reuses 227 miles of oil booms, recycling them into Volt parts & saving 212,500lbs of waste

Automaker @Chevrolet reuses 227 miles of oil booms, recycling them into Volt parts & saving 212,500lbs of waste

Booms used to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico are providing enough recycled material to make one production year’s worth of air deflectors, shown here, for the Chevy Volt. Photo: John F. Martin for Chevrolet What happens to all the plastic absorbent booms used to soak up oil from last year’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Their usual fate is to end up in the landfill or be burned to produce energy. General Motors and its partners are taking a different approach by developing a process to recycle the oil booms into new parts for its extended-range electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt . The booms will provide enough material to make the Volt’s air-deflecting baffles for one production year, Chevrolet announced Monday. According to GM, the oil boom recycling program will reuse 227 miles of boom material and save 212,500 pounds of waste from the landfill. To recycle the booms int...

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