DSC01493 - Tire Dump - Tire Beach aka Toxic Beach or Kafka Beach - Pollution (San Francisco)

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    Dawn on Tire Beach aka Toxic Beach or Kafka Beach (San Francisco)

    This nice beach belongs to San Francisco's "Warm Water Cove Park" (see exact location on this satellite photo and google map).

    Here, the bay water is warm because it comes off the steam turbines of the nearby Potrero Power Plant (currently not operating, though, because its air pollution levels are above the authorized limits).

    Apparently for years this beach has been used as an illegal tire dump, but this is only visible at low tide.

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    1. Shavar Ross 117 months ago | reply

      That's just terrible that he's taking the image out of the group especially if it's not the sun as you say. The light in the photo could be perceived as the sun though. Loupiote when you get 200 views, I'd love to see it in my group 200views.
      www.flickr.com/groups/200views/

    2. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 117 months ago | reply

      yes, the light in the photo could be perceived as the sun, but in fact it is a flood-light from the harbour area nearby, and if you know tire beach, you know that the sun cannot quite be there (not the right direction!).

      but the photo was actually taken shortly before dawn, and the bay was covered with a thick fog that day.

    3. magnusvk 117 months ago | reply

      Ahhhh, ok... Well, I was in fast-forward mode scanning through all photos in the pool, so I wasn't too thorough. Sorry about that -- feel free to re-add.

    4. sanukphoto 105 months ago | reply

      incredible. Great photo though!

    5. madrigals 103 months ago | reply

      I think it's funny that the power plant is closed because of its toxic levels when there are all these tires polluting the environment.

    6. lomokev 97 months ago | reply

      i was there a few weeks ago and Potrero Power Plant is doing her stuff again! it dose not smell nice

      anyway it may be used as a tie dump but the ravers use it for after party's thats why i was there. they call it toxic beach

      also there where some homeless people livening there, well worth a vist if you are in the bay area!

    7. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 97 months ago | reply

      That's correct, now a lot of people people call this place "Toxic Beach". thanks for pointing this out.

      But if you look for the tire beach tag, you will also find tons of interesting photos of this place.

    8. Sibad 96 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called International flytipping, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. Simon - wanting to learn why we do it and some of the images say more than words!

    9. Sibad 96 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this. Who dumps tyres here and why? Is it small businesses or individuals or even large companies? Is it expensive to dispose of tyres in SF? I suppose this is better than burning? I don't know how you recycle a tyre. it is made to be very very tough. Must ve v.difficult to recycle. Your image made me think and I found this at once:
      www.tyrerecyclingsuccess.com/
      www.wasteonline.org.uk/resources/InformationSheets/vehicl...
      www.cbpcarbon.com/
      Hurray there are people who can make a business from recycling tyres? But who are the customers? Is the government helping people to use them? Thanks for this luopiote and the others commenting

    10. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 96 months ago | reply

      those tires have been dumped years ago (probably decades ago).

      i suspect that there was a tire or trucking business nearby that was using the bay as a dump to get rid of old tires.

      now it would cost a lot of money to recover all these tires in the bay, and they are probably in to bad shape to be recycled. and i doubt the city will spend the money to clean-up this part of the bay which is in an industrial area.

    11. Whole Wheat Toast 84 months ago | reply

      Hi loupiote, I'm an admin for a group called S.F. Southern Waterfront, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      --
      Found in a search. (?)

    12. Earth911.com 83 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/791882@N23/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Dead Air 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Weekly Theme Photography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      This Week's Theme is "Pollution"

    14. onetalentdog 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called sad world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. onetalentdog 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called soulful group, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. onetalentdog 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called hades, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. GlazDaGlaz 70 months ago | reply

      We are trying to compose somewhat like an exhibition about pollution issues - Dirty Earth
      Share your photos if you wish to participate (and your contact info).
      *We just at the very beginning so I can not formulate all details of the project yet.

    18. ENW Shiro 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I am a supporter for a group called "Disconnected World Photo Campaign"
      and we'd love to have this added to the group! For any question please contact us at anytime.
      Thanks,
      Shiro
      D.world@econetworks.jp

    19. vicky9902 25 months ago | reply

      Hi all..
      It is true. Tires are a big matter of thought when are not in use. They can not either be utilized in any other work nor they can be recycled. the above seen picture is a real fact. It has become a large issue to be taken interest to re-utilize this disaster.
      Tyre Recycling Machinery

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