The Chevrolet Volt is a green car that is just now starting to head to consumer driveways around the country. The car is cool and has already won numerous awards in the automotive journalism world. The Volt is more than green just for saving on gas, the car also uses recycled materials in its construction.
GM has announced that it is recycling the oil booms that were used to aid in the clean up of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The booms will be used along with a densification material, post consumer plastic, and recycled tires to make new components used in the construction of the Volt.
GM will be recycling about 100 miles worth of used boom material. The 100 miles of recycled boom will be used to make up 25% of the plastic parts that deflect the air around the cars radiator and another 25% will be recycled tires that come from the GM Milford Proving Ground facility. Recycling the oil booms will keep 100,000 pounds of plastic from landfills.