It'll Cost Dallas $3.3 Million to Pull Tires and Trash From the Trinity and Lake Ray Hubbard

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JaredEarle
It's not just cars Dallas dumps in the Trinity River. It's tires, too -- tons of them embedded in the muck and stranded along the banks. Particularly cluttered is the stretch of river between the Trinity River Audubon Center and Interstate 20.

"They just dumped load after load of tires, and they dumped them on the bank of the river channel," Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan tells The Dallas Morning News. "Last year we pulled out what we could from up top, where our employees could get to them safely. But these are on the banks and in the water and have started floating down and are now all the way to I-20."

See also: A Company Fixing a Trinity River Damn Discovers Where Dallas Dumps Its Stolen Cars

Enter Good Earth Corp. and Hess Construction. The Dallas City Council will vote on January 22 on whether to pay them a combined $3.3 million to pull tires from the Trinity and trash from Lake Ray Hubbard.

That's a lot of scratch, but, as Jordan points out in a note to the council, there are enough tires in the river, and enough trash at Ray Hubbard, that it's "causing deteriorating water quality."

Also, it's not like these cleanups happen every year. The last city-led effort happened in 2005 and 2006 and consisted of two code compliance workers pulling 42,000 tires from empty lots and along creek and river beds, according to the DMN.

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18 comments
Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

$3.3mil?

That's like more than 3 dog parks.

Maybe Dwaine can organize the troops on the South Side to pick up these tires and get 3 dog parks of their own, with a few hundred grand left for another fast food restaurant?

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

Can't we turn this into some sort of work-release program for county inmates.  Every tire pulled out = 1 day off your sentence type deal?

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Cant PETA or Greenpeace or some other hippy group do this - for free??

ruddski
ruddski

Damn things breed like nutria!

schermbeck
schermbeck

Once collected, one hopes the tires are not sent to be burned in Midlothian cement plants only to have their hazardous air pollutants end up in the lungs of Dallasites.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@MontemaloneDang you!  I wanted to make the first dog park allusion!


Anyways, I think we all know where they could get ~1/3 of the budget for this.

JoeyKneighroe
JoeyKneighroe

no they will need health insurance first or just end up being to lazy to do it.... prob them's family memebers that dumped the tires over the years in the firstplace

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@schermbeck  

Scherm, old friend, please get some knowledge about hazardous waste disposal and the composition of tires.

It would not make sense for the cement plants to burn old tires for several reasons.  One is the steel in the tire treads and beads.  Second is the Sulfur content (about 1.6 W/W%) of the tires which would ruin the cement being made.  Given the limitations on SO2 emissions, I doubt that the cement companies would be very much interested in the installation of FGDS systems.

For a quick overview of tire recycling, please see:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_recycling


How about applying your efforts to stemming illegal tire dumping?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@schermbeck relax, they'll be burned in the fiery furnaces of our public schools to keep our children warm.

ROCKS123
ROCKS123

@roo_ster @Montemalone NOPE MORE PROFITABLE FROM THEM TO BE IN JAIL WEE HAW JESUS WAS FOR PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PRISONS JESUS WANTED 1/4 OF ALL BLACK MALES TO BE INCARCERATED YAY WEE HAW JESUS LOOKED LIKE JIM CAVIEZEL

ROCKS123
ROCKS123

@JoeyKneighroe I AGREE ONLY BLACKS FOUL RIVERS YESSIR FIRE GUN OFF WEE HAW LETS GO TO BABE'S YESSIREE BOB

schermbeck
schermbeck

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul@schermbeck Dearest Paul - You need to at least Google these things before pontificating, as, regretably, the Portland Cement Association has ignored your sound advice and promoted tire-burning in cement kilns for decades. All three local Midlothian cement kilns have permits to burn them. Next. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

@ROCKS123@roo_ster@MontemaloneThat bottle of anti-psychotic meds on the end table next to your bed?  Remember, they only work if you take them orally.  They don;t work as suppositories.

schermbeck
schermbeck

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul@schermbeck Lazy too? "About 53 million tires per year are 

consumed as fuel in US cement kilns. The cement industry burns scrap tires as fuel in kilns used to make clinker—a primary component of portland cement."http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/tires/tdf.htm.....Plus, you know, the people I work for have been following what they burn at these places since 1989. The permits for the Midlothian kilns or articles about their tire burning are all easily accessible. It's a bad idea, but these days both industry and the EPA are pushing for all kinds of "non-hazardous" wastes to be burned in cement kilns. Tires are officially classified as "non-hazardous waste" by EPA, as is used oil, plastic, and other substances, that when burned, release the same kind of pollution as hazardous wastes.

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