American Society of Civil Engineers


Mexico-US Cross-Border Resolution of Waste Tire Disposal


by David DeGroot, (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box Y. University Station, Austin, Texas 78713) and Paul Hobart, (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box Y. University Station, Austin, Texas 78713 E-mail: hobartpa@mail.utexas.edu)
Section: Posters, pp. 1-13, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40927(243)301)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007: Restoring Our Natural Habitat
Abstract: This paper examines the waste tire problem along the Texas-México border and explores the possibility of evaluating aerial imagery in GIS based software in order to identify clandestine tire piles. The discarding of tires has been poorly regulated. As a result, many old tires end up in illegal dumps where they become a hazard to human health and the environment. Costly tire fires are a common but unnecessary occurrence that release carcinogens into the atmosphere and liquid hydrocarbons into water tables. Health officials and parents alike also worry that discarded tires can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rodents, and other disease carrying vectors. As scrap tires can be a valuable resource rather than a problem residual, an opportunity exists to clean up old large hazardous piles and monitor the creation of new ones. However, government officials and recyclers lack an efficient means to locate unknown piles. New technologies are promising for the continued effort to recycle discarded tires.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Mexico
Tire recycling
United States
Waste management