[Ed. – Well. You certainly can’t argue that a hard-to-recycle material is an environmental problem, if it can be used as a bat habitat. So there.]
The Chevy Volt battery cover is made of thermoset, a type of plastic that’s difficult to recycle. And once the batteries are ready for use, the thermoset cases that shipped them become useless. Not anymore.
GM’s waste reduction expert, John Bradburn, gives new life to these cases by turning them into shelters for bats—and, with some tweaks, for wood ducks, owls, eastern bluebirds, and scaly-sided merganser.
Bradburn and his team have installed 700 nesting boxes for critters at GM’s 40 wildlife habitat sites in the past five years. A box can house up to 150 little brown bats, one of the most common species found in North America. …