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U.S. Navy Divers recover tires from the ocean floor. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. June 4, 2007 - U.S. Navy

We need producer responsibility laws to resolve problems like these...In Germany, if you make a product you are responsible for the end-of-life of that product (either take it back & recycle it, environmentally dispose of it, or fund the small businesses that are using your waste to make new products).

Osborne Reef is an artificial reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida constructed of concrete jacks in a 50 feet (15 m) diameter circle.

In the 1970s, the reef was the subject of an ambitious expansion project utilizing old and discarded tires. The project ultimately failed, and the "reef" has come to be considered an environmental disaster—ultimately doing more harm than good in the coastal Florida waters.

In 2007, after several false starts, cleanup efforts began when the United States military took on the project. This cleanup exercise provides the military with a real-world training environment for their diving and recovery personnel, coupled with the benefit of helping the Florida coast without incurring significant costs to the state.