- Waterways (runoff causes huge environmental damage)
The end result is that the road salt may be causing more destruction than it is preventing, with potholes, pollution and cleanup. However, road salt is necessary to ensure safe walkways and roadways and does prevent some slips, falls and accidents during the icy winters.
But is there a green alternative to road salt?
The Chicago Sun Times reported that Mayor Daley is pushing for a more eco friendly alternative to the destructive road salt that is currently being used. One product that was mentioned in the article is Geomelt, which contains less chlorides and corrosive compounds. For personal use, you can try using Scotwood Industries Eco-friendly Clean Melt or Keep it Green KIG8 Snow & Ice Melter. These products also contain less corrosive elements and won't be as harmful on your driveway, walkways, and the surrounding environment.
Typical ice melt is very destructive wildlife as well. The salt is often so corrosive that it can damage pets' paws, so imagine what it's doing to other wildlife. Salt can also pollute our drinking water, which is unhealthy and costs more money to filter out the pollutants.