Old tires are for burning, silly! June 4, 2007 8:26 PM   Subscribe

An encouraging follow-up to the tire reef disaster thread.
posted by Burhanistan to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 PM (12 comments total)

I love it when a plan comes together!
posted by loquacious at 8:42 PM on June 4, 2007


The tires will be trucked to a Georgia facility where they will be burned to create energy to power a paper recycling plant,

MMmmm. Can't you smell the eco-habitat reclamation.
Is this carbon friendly?
posted by Balisong at 8:48 PM on June 4, 2007


Can't you smell the eco-habitat reclamation. Is this carbon friendly?

Oh hell no, it's not carbon-friendly. But it's par for the course for tires that can't be otherwise used or recycled.

The things you learn from episodes of Dirty Jobs...
posted by frogan at 9:18 PM on June 4, 2007


I guess there are only so many shoe soles that can be made from them....
posted by Tuwa at 9:22 PM on June 4, 2007


Er, right. 1972's worthless garbage, fit only for immuring at the bottom of the sea, is 2007's rich hoard of combustible energy?

This is encouraging why, exactly? And when can I get in on the next sewer mercury hunt?
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:23 PM on June 4, 2007


They could use them to make chairs.
posted by tellurian at 11:38 PM on June 4, 2007


they will be burned to create energy to power a paper recycling plant
This just seems too bizarre for words. Have any of these people even seen a burning tyre?
posted by dg at 11:45 PM on June 4, 2007


What happened to the whole tying-into-temples solution? Did that not work? Are the tires too degraded? Did the tires that "broke free" do so after tying properly with this as the goal?

And yeah, scouring the ocean floor for 2 million tires. So you can bring them up. And burn them.

Super-extra-mega-enviro-friendly all around.
posted by dreamsign at 7:38 AM on June 5, 2007


I thought they had a different way of using old tires nowadays. Something in my head said that they ground them up and used them as a component in the surfaces of tennis courts and playgrounds.

Did I actually hear this, or is my addled brain just making shit up again?
posted by quin at 10:50 AM on June 5, 2007


This just seems too bizarre for words. Have any of these people even seen a burning tyre?

Again, referencing the episode of Dirty Jobs, the tires are burned in a large-scale, factory-sized blast furnace. They're not just tossed out back and lit with a match. It's still dirty as hell. Hence the name of the show.

Something in my head said that they ground them up and used them as a component in the surfaces of tennis courts and playgrounds.

That is indeed a solution. It's not the only destination for old tires, though, some of which are so far gone that they're only good for burning, at the very end of the possible recycling line.
posted by frogan at 1:14 PM on June 5, 2007


quin - I heard/read/saw a similar thing. They were experimenting using tires for roadways. Adding the tires to the mix was said to make the roads last longer and that it was easier on the tires still on cars. I don't know what the final results of the experiment were.
posted by deborah at 2:40 PM on June 5, 2007


The problem with adding the tires to asphalt is that the asphalt can't be reused. Normally when resurfacing the old asphalt is mixed with new and reapplied. If you add tire-pieces to the mix, that's the last time you can do it (it doesn't re-melt well).

Asphalt is made from petroleum.
posted by blasdelf at 6:15 PM on June 5, 2007


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