5/9 Reynosa, Tamaulipas: Reynosa's Used Tire Mess
- Compiled by: kihuac@...FNS News serviceCITY MULLS USED TIRE MESSMay 9, 2005
Reynosa and Tamaulipas News
Strewn in and around border cities, used tires are
considered not only an eyesore but an environmental
hazard as well. They provide breeding grounds for
possible insect-borne diseases and sometimes catch on
fire, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. In
2004, estimates of the number of discarded tires
littering the northern border region of Mexico
surpassed 10 million. Many were imported from the
United States. Nearly 2 million of the old treads were
dumped in Tamaulipas state alone. Now, authorities in
the border city of Reynosa, where about 500,000 used
tires are accumulating, say they are reviewing
strategies to clean up the problem in their
Regino Bermudez Alvear,president of the Reynosa City
Council’s ecology commission,said at a meeting late
last week that authorities are considering proposals
to construct two temporary collection and transfer
stations for used tires in his city.
“What we are proposing are centers where trailers
would be located and tires putin them,” said Bermudez.
“It would be closed and cordoned off in order to
prevent it from becoming a dump. It only will be a
Bermudez said that the council will seek an agreement
with the major cement company CEMEX for the final
disposition of the tires. According to the councilman,
CEMEX is the only entity so far that has shown
interest in acquiring used tires.
Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural
Resources reached an agreement last year with national
cement companies to promote the massive incineration
of tires in order to recycle the old rubber and
generate fuel used in the production of cement.
However, the process is controversial, and some
non-governmental groups like the Chihuahua Commission
in Solidarity and Defense of Human Rights (COSYDDHAC)
are protesting incineration on the grounds that it
releases dioxin, mercury and other contaminants into
the environment. Mexican environmental authorities
have disputed the claims.
Reynosa Mayor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca added
that although CEMEX is the only company to have
expressed interest in recycling used tires, others are
welcome to step forward. “Whether it is one or two or
more companies,” said the mayor. Other, unnamed
Reynosa City Council members commented that society as
a whole should get involved in taking urgent action to
curb the environmental dangers posed by the used
Sources: La Prensa (Reynosa), May 8, 2005. Article by
Aldo Hernandez J. El Mexicano (Ciudad Juarez),
September 2, 2004. Diario de Juarez, August 25, 2004.
Article by A Loyola and O. Volchanskaya. COSSYDHAC,
et. al, July 2004. Letter to President Vicente Fox.
El Sur/AFP (Acapulco), June 25, 2004.==================================================================
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