Check out this article, “Ice Melters: Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Rock Salt” by Kristine Hansen, January 19, 2011
Here is a quick article summary:
Traditional Rock Salt is not environmentally friendly. It can corrode asphalt and cement and have an adverse impact on grass and plants.
Some eco-friendly alternatives are:
- Cat Litter – Natural, made of recycled newspapers.
- Sand – Used in moderation can help deter ice build-up
- Other household items: sawdust, shredded corn cobs, peanut hulls, straw and wood chips.
The article also suggests organic ice melters that are chloride free and if money is no object, you could install a heated driveway.
In any case, these are some items that could potentially save you some money and the environment. Nice Article!
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