Talk about a case of revenge for the electric car. Todd Woody filed a Reuters report yesterday that outlined a plan GM has put in motion to recapture some of the oil-contaminated plastics lingering in the Gulf. According to the story, GM will have enough plastic to supply parts for a year’s worth of Chevy Volts. That’s the kind of scale around a reuse strategy that needs to be publicized. It also makes the absence of a reuse mentality in our personal lives seem almost absurd.
How’s this for applying recycled plastics in the real world? Axion International says a Virginia bridge was built using 100% recycled plastic. This one sounds a little stronger than the LEGO version we have at home.
The bridges, designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff, utilize Axion’s patented Recycled Structural Composite (“RSC”) a thermoplastic solution consisting of nearly 100% recycled post-consumer and industrial plastic. Initial field test results confirm design criteria requirements.