With this morning's light snow it is a good time to discuss this environmental issue. The use of salt on our sidewalks and driveways creates environment problems for our waterways. Here are the facts:
3. Salts can leach heavy metals, which eventually make their way into water supplies.
4. Salt on grass or sidewalks close to roads can attract animals, which may be hit by cars if they’re licking the salt from the ground.
5. Plus, salt can burn our pets if it lodges in their paws.
2. Ashes. If you have a wood burning fireplace at home, ashes are a convenient and economical alternative to salt. Ashes provide traction and will melt ice quickly when it is sunny (ashes have a low albedo, which means they will absorb sunlight). Please be careful to keep ashes away from food gardens, as there may be heavy metals present in ashes.
3. Kitty Litter. This option may be more expensive than other alternatives, but it provides a great deal of traction. If you already have kitty litter at home, this can be an easy alternative to salt. Unfortunately, the residual material has a tendancy to turn into mush as the snow and ice melts.
4. EcoTraction. One commercial alternative that shows promise is "EcoTraction". Limited application of this product used in conjunction with sand. Check out the EcoTraction website for more information on this salt alternative. http://www.ecotraction.com/ Locally available at Morin Distribution, 9305 Gerwig Lane,
Columbia, MD 21046, 301-953-0250