A popular Reddit post highlights exactly what you don’t want to find at your favorite camping spot — nearly 70 tires that were dumped into the nearby lake.
According to the post, a Cub Scout pack and their families managed to pull the tires out of Falls Lake, which is in a state recreation area near Raleigh, North Carolina. The area offers a large variety of activities, including camping, biking, hiking, and swimming.
Unfortunately, litter in any form takes away from the beauty of nature, and it also poses a threat to the wildlife in the area — tires are no exception.
Tires can take up to 2,000 years to decompose, according to Stacker, so once they are dumped in a place like the Falls Lake, they’ll be interrupting your scenic views for quite a while.
On top of that, as tires break down, they leach harmful chemicals into the ground and water. Tires are flammable as well and difficult to extinguish once they’ve caught fire. Having a number of them dumped in natural areas creates a fire hazard, Ecogreen reports.
Some comments on the Reddit post also reveal a bigger problem — it is unfortunately common for tires to be dumped in these areas because it can be inconvenient to dispose of them properly.
“Sad to see this,” another adds.
“It’s a damn shame,” another writes.
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