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1930, 23 Sep 18

Tire Reef Leaking Toxic Chemicals

Ruh roh.

Once upon a time it was seen as a double solution – a way to get rid of old tyres, while creating habitats for marine life and stimulating marine organisms to grow on the rubber.

In the 1980s local authorities agreed 25,000 tyres should be sunk into the waters 500m (1,640 feet) from the shore between Cannes and Antibes, on the French Riviera.

In 2005, researchers found the tyres were leaking chemicals including heavy metals – a risk to human life – into the environment.


1930, 23 September 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Just another reason Marxist liberalism makes me sick.

  2. Le Roi du Nord


    Can you enlighten us all on how this is the fault of “Marxist liberalism?  Thanks.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    This was a radical environmental Marxist idea, and like every idea of this ilk, it makes things worse for environment!

    Will you apologize, since you appear to flirt with environmental Marxism?

    Will you agree this was a stupid, awful, environmentalist idea?

  4. Le Roi du Nord


    You are entitled to your own opinion, but you really have to have some factual background when making such transparently false claims (see above).

    Nowhere is the any evidence that placing those tire reefs was the result of any “radical environmental Marxist idea”, nor can you prove your claim.

    Question for you: When tires  wear down due to friction with pavement surfaces, where do those small particles of tire tread end up?  (Hint; it rains here, and water still runs down hill, at least in my part of the state).  And since there is more surface area per pound with the small particle versus the tire, and since the tires and the small particles are made of the same materials, and since the rate of leaching is greater for the small particle that the tire ( remember-greater surface area/pound).  Hence more and faster leaching of the same chemicals due to the use of the tires on pavement that if the tires just remained stationary.

    Now back to the question: Where do those small particles end up?

    Extra credit:  How many tires are used annually in your county?, Wisconsin?, US?, The world?  Compare to the number used in the tire reef?

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    You have such a short memory.

    Tire reefs were the environmentalist rage in 70s and 80s.

    No proof needed it is common knowledge, except to those that want to be blind to the blame.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    Nope, memory is just fine on tire reefs.  How good as you memory from back in the 70’s and 80’s?  I’m sure your pre-teen days were occupied  with the environmental consequences of tire reefs.  And they weren’t so much an “environmentalist rage” as they were a cheap disposal method.  There were even some in WI.  They didn’t work as the developer didn’t want to spend the extra $$ to anchor them, hence they kept moving around during high wave events, violating permit conditions.    For the record, I was never in favor of them, and said so in my review of the EA on the matter.

    Now, where is your”common knowledge” of the “radical environmental Marxist claim” ?   Common knowledge isn’t proof, at least not in the real world.

    And don’t you care to answer the other question regarding the ultimate repository of tire tread material?  With your superior common knowledge should answering that should be a snap.

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