Use Less Road Salt This Winter

The salt we spread on roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways doesn’t disappear when snow and ice melts. Salt mixes with water from melting snow and rain, then enters our rivers and lakes.  Over time, salt levels in rivers and lakes can harm wildlife, the environment and the quality of our drinking water sources.

Here are some helpful tips from the Region of Peel to help you reduce the salt you use and help lessen salt’s harmful effects, while staying safe:

  • Spread a small amount of salt across your driveway before a snowfall or dropping temperatures. This smaller amount of salt will help stop ice and snow from sticking.
  • Clear snow from your driveway and walkway as soon as possible to help avoid ice build-up
  • Remove snow, and then spread salt only in areas needed for safety. After a snowfall, salt should only be used once the snow is removed and only in areas needed for safety.
  • Salt only melts ice and snow at temperatures above -10C. When it’s below -10C, use alternatives such as sand, grit, non-clumping kitty litter or mag chloride

As always, please remember that when walking in snow, wear proper winter footwear and pay attention to your footing.  For more tips on how to manage salt use, please visit

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