Toru Hanai / Reuters Sadao Kimbara (L) rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar made out of an oil barrel, Ome, Japan, February 14, 2015.
Jorge Adorno / Reuters Recycling artist Nicolas Gomez checks the strings of a cello he has made out of an oil barrel for the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura, in Cateura, February 13, 2015.
Carlos Jasso / Reuters Jockey students practice their racing position on a horse simulator made from an oil barrel, known as "Pangal," at The Jockeys School in Panama City, February 11, 2015.
Tomas Bravo / Reuters An art installation made out of discarded metal oil barrels is pictured at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum metro station in Mexico City, February 15, 2015.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters A woman uses old oil barrels as a grill in Mexico City, February 15, 2015.
Romeo Ranoco / Reuters A government worker inspects old discarded oil barrels that were made into makeshift rescue boats in Manila, February 11, 2015.
Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters Decorations made out of metal from discarded oil barrels are sold at a stand in Avenue John Brown in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 11, 2015.
Tomas Bravo / Reuters A sculpture made of discarded metal oil barrels is seen at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum metro station in Mexico City, February 15, 2015.
Jose Miguel Gomez / Reuters Workers in an engine workshop use an old oil barrel to collect waste oil from the engines they repair in Bogota, Colombia, February 14, 2015.
Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters An oil barrel is used for smelting aluminum to make homemade pots in Pacaya, Nicaragua, February 6, 2015.
Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters A man sells water using a tank on a cart made from an oil barrel, Dala, Myanmar, February 10, 2015.
Ivan Alvarado / Reuters Discarded oil barrels are used to prop up a dome of a pickup truck in a rural area near Santiago, Chile, February 16, 2015.
Erik De Castro / Reuters A waiter walks near tables made of oil barrels at a bar in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 12, 2015.
Jose Cabezas / Reuters Plants grow in oil barrels that are being used as obstacles to keep vehicles off the curb in San Salvador, El Salvador, February 14, 2015.
Siegfried Modola / Reuters A woman stands by a local shop that sells dishes and utensils made out of metal recycled from oil barrels, Kamukunji, Nairobi, Kenya, on February 16, 2015.
Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters A boy walks past an oil barrel that is being used as a water bucket at a car wash in a migrant workers' village, Beijing, China, February 12, 2015.

Scrapping the Bottom of the Barrel

Every day, the world produces millions of barrels of oil—reaching nearly 100 million to date. Where do the physical barrels go, when they are emptied of their oil? At least some of them are saved from the dump, reused as scrap metal or repurposed. Picnic goers transform them into barbecues, jockeys use them to practice their racing positions, and rescue workers find that when cut in half, oil barrels can serve as makeshift boats.

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