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News release: January 7, 2022

Avoid short term damages from excessive salt use

BRAMPTON, ON (January 7, 2022) – It's that time of year when we apply salt to make winter driving and walking easier; however too much salt doesn't make it any safer. Using salt on roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways has a big impact when snow and ice melt. It can damage infrastructure, wildlife, and personal belongings. This includes cracks and salt stains on concrete surfaces, such as buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and pathways. A lot of salt use can also damage floors and carpets and your personal items such as the undercoating of cars, shoes, and clothing. Apart from stationary objects, your pets and other wildlife can also suffer from oversalting. It can harm pets' paws when going out for walks and it can even be mistaken for food for pets and birds, resulting in a choking hazard.

What the Region is doing

Since 2005, the Region of Peel Road Operations has been using a salt management plan to better control and manage the amount of salt applied to roadways, despite an increase in the total amount of road kilometres it services. The Region and its local municipal partners (Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon) are working together to use salt more wisely at Regional and Municipal facility parking lots and on walkways.

The Region is also offering online tools and resources for the public to be more engaged in the consequences regarding oversalting. This includes a tool kit that highlights a number of resources to combat excessive salt use while still maintaining safety in the winter months: https://www.peelregion.ca/lesssalty

What you can do

You can apply the same tools at your home as our facility managers use. Here are some suggestions:

Remember, salt doesn't need to be seen to be working. This winter, try and be a little #LessSalty

To learn more, visit https://www.peelregion.ca/lesssalty or follow us on Twitter @RegionofPeel, #LessSalty

Media contact

Enete Erediauwa
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.