Heritage went to work to find a solution that would keep the oil-laden boom out of a landfill – one that would require a lot of cooperation. First, the boom had to be collected and cleaned. Then, a moldable polymer would have to be created and engineered for reuse. Finally, a vendor somewhere would need to purchase the parts. Even though the moving pieces were quickly identified, it was still a lot of work, and hundreds of feet of used up boom was piling up every day.