slightly ot, was re: chemicals

I found this article to be of enormous interest:
Garbage into Oil!
http://www.discover.com/may_03/featoil.html
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David J Bockman wrote:

I've wondered for years why old tires were not ground up, the steel removed with magnets, and the rubber mixed with crude oil at the refineries.
Regards, Bob
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zxcvbob wrote:

refineries.
I can't find the reference, but in the last couple of weeks I came across a story about a guy who took old tires, and built a fence in a rural area with them, and ran into all kinds of legal troubles because of the laws regarding the "disposal" of tires. I wonder how often recycling efforts die not because the technology isn't there, but because the laws are inflexible, and the folks who could change them don't care to change them?
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Does anyone else besides me think that Warren is the next unibomber in the making?

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In Europe, I've heard that they're mixing ground up old tires in asphaltic concrete for road surfaces, with really good results.
Jan
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On Fri, 08 Aug 2003 03:27:49 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@xyz.net (Jan Flora) wrote:

This page has a good deal of general information on tire recycling.
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo/refbriefs/ee9.html
It seems that while they *can* be reused/recycled, many of the processes are just too expensive to be practical. Although, like certain 'oil recovery' operations, when the price of an end-product rises, some methods *do* become worth investing in.
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