Piles of tyres

According to the CLMOOC week 4 Make Cycle 4 email a pile of tyres is just a pile of tyres and nothing more.

Really?

By Shuki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Shuki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

 This is a pile of tyres waiting to be recycled. The mountain in the background is a pile of shredded tyres.  According to Wikipedia:

tires are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste, due to the large volume produced, their durability, and the fact they contain a number of components that are ecologically problematic.

flickr photo by National Library of Scotland http://flickr.com/photos/nlscotland/4700611508 shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons)

flickr photo by National Library of Scotland http://flickr.com/photos/nlscotland/4700611508 shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons)

Tyres take up valuable space at landfill sites (hence the shredding above), tyre stockpiles can be a health and safety hazard, and tyre recycling and storage can apparently sometimes be associated with illegal activities. Eek!

A pile of 85,000 solid tires for A.E.F. motor vehicles is one of the treasures of Langres, France.  Shows men of Motor Transport Corps, assisted by German prisoners, building up wall of rubber to greater height.  January 6, 1919.  (Army) NARA FILE #:  111-SC-44921 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #:  588

A pile of 85,000 solid tires for A.E.F. motor vehicles is one of the treasures of Langres, France. Shows men of Motor Transport Corps, assisted by German prisoners, building up wall of rubber to greater height. January 6, 1919. (Army)
NARA FILE #: 111-SC-44921
WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 588

Some piles can tell  a story or remind one of our shared history.

A pile of tyres is never just a pile and nothing more.

flickr photo by hile http://flickr.com/photos/hile/104619671 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

flickr photo by hile http://flickr.com/photos/hile/104619671 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Tyres can also make great swings.

As I was writing this, Simon posted this great post.

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9 Responses to Piles of tyres

  1. sensor63 says:

    Amazing coincidence, telepathy … ?

  2. Susan says:

    nothing is ever just nothing

  3. It might not be just a pile, but the example given by the Make Cycle Leaders would help people understand systems. The pile simply viewed without thought seems just a pile; caring about the pile shows it’s place within a system.

    • NomadWarMachine says:

      And my point is that is a naive view of the world. Everything is part of a system. Just step back and look.

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  6. scottx5 says:

    Tires in piles seem to be in a category of things we expect no further contribution form. A stopping point in systems is really on oddity that flusters us so much that the best we can do is make a messy pile into an orderly pile. I have a one square meter slab of used tires made into a pad for standing on. It’s so heavy I can barely move it and suspect space/time in that corner of the garage is slightly warped such that only the cat dares venture there.

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