The 5 Million Abandoned Car Tires outside of El Quinon

The 5 Million Abandoned Car Tires outside of El Quinon

The Vertedero de Neumáticos (tire landfill) is off of the R-4 Highway in the municipality of Santo Domingo-Caudilla outside of Seseña, the province of Toledo, the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.

The tire landfill is on 23 and a half acres of hill side outside of El Quiñón, a small residential area. This landfill creates over 75,000 tons of waste and environmental issues. According to residents in the area, every political election that occurs have candidates who promise to begin the removal and clean up of the tire waste but none ever follow through. The site began as a spot for the tires to be sent and then recycled and disposed of in the early 1990’s. Disfilt SA was the operating company but they were fined in 2003 and the site was made illegal for tire dumping. In 2009, an inspection of the site found there was no electricity, running water or any connection to a fire hydrant that would help in the prevention of any sort of accidental fire. The owner was given a fine for environmental crimes and 3 months in prison. Unfortunately, the tire dumping continued until 2011.

The 5 Million Abandoned Car Tires outside of El Quinon

As of September 2014, it has been stated that the local government is in the process of clearing the tires out to be recycled for playgrounds, road re-surfacing, sports tracks, sandals, insulation material and building materials. Some is stated to be burnt in trail runs at a local cement plant. There is currently a 3 year plan in which to remove the tires.

The 5 Million Abandoned Car Tires outside of El Quinon

Where is the large tire landfill of Seseña located? You can find it with these coordinates. 40.135193,-3.678939

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