[ad#post_ad]The oil spill occurring in the Gulf of Mexico last summer was a serious disaster that had a large impact on our environment.

Though the leak was eventually stopped, a large amount of fallout accumulated and still exists.

GM has invented a creative way to utilize some of the toxic debris, they are putting it into the Chevy Volt.

The automaker announced a program to specifically recycle the oil booms that were used to contain surface oil.  The method GM and partners have developed will lead to the conversion 100 miles of the oil-soaked material.

The recycling of this material will lead to the production of 100,000 pounds of plastic resin which will be used for Chevy Volt underhood plastic parts.  That's enough to build the entire first year production of 15,000 vehicles.

Specifically the parts will be used to deflect air around the radiator and will consist of 25% boom material and 25% recycled tires from GMs Milford proving grounds.

“Creative recycling is one extension of GM’s overall strategy to reduce its environmental impact,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Environment, Energy and Safety policy.  “We reuse and recycle material by-products at our 76 landfill-free facilities every day. This is a good example of using this expertise and applying it to a greater magnitude.”

GM worked with several partners to achieve this objective including a company that harvested the used booms, and others that spun them dry and helped break them down into resin.  The boom transformation effort is already underway and is expected to continue for two more months.

“This was purely a matter of helping out,” said John Bradburn, manager of GM’s waste-reduction efforts. “If sent to a landfill, these materials would have taken hundreds of years to begin to break down, and we didn’t want to see the spill further impact the environment. We knew we could identify a beneficial reuse of this material given our experience.”

Source ( GM )