Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tucson paper says dump tires in abandoned mines

The lead editorial in today's Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) endorsed the idea of filling abandoned mines with used tires. The paper opined that "Throwing tires into mines doesn't come without its own risks, but the state must weigh the threat of possible pollution against the danger that more people could die."

The idea was first proposed by State Mine Inspector Joe Hart to the Legislature earlier this year but concerns over degradation of the tires and impacts on groundwater pretty much sidetracked the concept.

The Star resurrected the idea because the State seized as many as 10 million tires in the town of Mobile southwest of Phoenix, after shutting down a tire recycling operation on state lands. The question is what to do with one of the largest inventories of tires in the region. [above, Google Earth view of Envirotech International Industries site near Mobile, AZ]

The paper's editorial may breath new life into burying them in old mines, but I expect the environmental challenges to remain.


  1. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Have none of these so-called experts considered perhaps giving the tires away to individuals who would like to build earthships? Seems like if they put them on freecycle or Craig's list, they can find dozens of people who would be happy to come and pick up hundreds of tires each to construct an earth-friendly shelter.

  2. Anonymous6:11 PM

    i would build a house with the tires... gimme!