Just a few months ago, the used car and truck tires littering parks and sidewalks across Bogotá were making headlines: In particular, after an illegal lot with thousands of tires caught fire, turning the air grey for days.
Then, government and tire industry leaders - and apparently did nothing.
Recently, however, I seem to see fewer tires on the sidewalks, making me wonder where they've gone.
|This pile of tire shreds near Calle 26...|
|....were helpfully covered up recently.|
Then, one day, I happened to look thru a gap into this nondescript vacant building behind the Central Cemetery.
The building is packed with hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of used tires.
|Waiting to burn.|
But there is a solution: Apply a deposit to tires (and many other waste products), creating an incentive for people to dispose of them properly, as well as a subsidy for processing them into, say, asphalt.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours