GM plans on recycling a lot of oil soaked booms left from the Gulf spill cleanup that would otherwise end up in landfills. The booms will be converted to 100,000 pounds of plastic resin that will be combined with recycled tires and plastics and used to produce parts for the Chevy Volt.
The Chevy Volt was recently namedÂ Green Car JournalÂ’s 2011 Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show and it looks as though if someone is handing out awards for Green Automaker of the Year, GM has been working hard to be a contender. They've pledged to reduce their environmental impact and this month they announced that 52 per cent of theirÂ worldwide facilities are now landfill-free. This means that all of the waste these facilities generate is reused, recycled or converted to energy. You've got to be impressed and pleased with their progress. The plant workers are, according to GM'sÂ John Bradburn, who says, "People donÂ’t want to be wasteful; they want to help the environment. ItÂ’s become a sense of pride for those that work at those facilities."
Wish GM continued success in finding innovative ways to keep the waste away from the landfills and the CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere.