Livin' on Landfills
Thread started by Ms. Stephanie
at 04.11.08 - 3:15 pm
I just read that Americans throw away approximately 300 million car/truck tires annually.
About as wasteful as burning fuel for non-vital, purposes.
Seems to me that our country has turned into a "throw-away" culture.
It gets old, buy a new one, throw the old one out.
You haven't exhausted all attempts to fix what's broken, haul it to the junk-yard.
Whatever happened to "built to last"?
04.11.08 - 3:20 pm
It makes me think about all the bike tires I go through,
04.11.08 - 3:21 pm
I read it in the context of various ways to recycle and reuse rubber tires: rubber planters, rubber tote bags and the like. It's a good idea, but that sort of thing only goes so far. I mean, 300 million tires? That's a lot of freaking rubber planters.
04.11.08 - 3:55 pm
Americans crack open 2000 soda cans/bottles every minute (says National Geographic). That figure stuck in my head.
04.11.08 - 4:22 pm
I suspect that much of this figure is do to commerce. And like the 'Trucking & Fu*&$' thread has pointed out, everything you buy has a level of polution associated with it reaching you.
Buying local, or even better right from the manufacturing facility, means you are reducing the carbon footprint of that product by whatever it would take to import it from somewhere like Taiwan. Big ups for you!
The best use of recycled tires I've seen is the highways that are made from a mix of asphalt and ground up tires. These highways are smoother, quiter and wear your tires less; that means fewer trips to the tire shop. Woohoo!!
Regarding soda cans per minute, I like to think that people that are drinking THAT much soda on a regular basis will eventually die from something that looks like this.----------->
04.11.08 - 4:36 pm
Oh, and I looked at this thread originally because one of my friends spent a few months living at a landfill.
He said the birds were annoying.
04.11.08 - 4:37 pm
I recycled some tires for the poker ride trophies. A very tiny amount but it's a start. heh
04.11.08 - 4:39 pm
The Great Los Angeles River Cleanup is on May 17. Here is an opportunity for us to do something about the throwaway culture we live in. I'm thinking of organizing a ride to one of the cleanup sites. Suggestions on the most central meeting point? Perhaps an all city river ride, starting at various spots and all meeting at a cleanup site.
Meanwhile look at folar.org for more information.
04.12.08 - 1:47 pm
Arizona has a solution in the works for this problem. They are incorperating old tires into aspahlt. They cut it up real small and mix it in with the asphalt as they lay it down. They are testing it right now and have been for a few years. Smoothest and most quiet road I've ever been on. It's eary when you transition from the old road to the new one, I kid you not it's almost dead silent except for the motor, music of any conversations you're having! The part I went on was in Pheonix. As for me when I do my tires I take my old ones to local autocross races and give them to those guys. They shave them and get an extra 100-300 hard miles out of them and it keeps them from buying new tires.
04.12.08 - 2:01 pm
has been in biz for years recycling tires for flooring applications, (check your gym floor next time, it's most likely a rubber floor) now everyone go out there and get some rubber floors
04.12.08 - 2:35 pm
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