Manitoba

What happens to all the sand and salt on Winnipeg streets?

Each winter the city lays down tens of millions kilograms of sand and salt on our roads. Here is what happens to it after it's cleaned up, and some alternatives to the way things are done currently.

Millions of kilograms of sand, salt have to go somewhere once winter is done

Tons of sand and salt line the city's streets now that the snow is gone. Also, other interesting items... (Wendy Buelow/CBC)
The City of Winnipeg has spread 70 million kilograms of sand and 17 million kilograms of salt on our roads since just last fall.

Those amounts, according to a city spokesperson, are actually slightly lower than normal, but you would be hard pressed to tell from the mess left on Winnipeg streets.

The city says overnight temperatures have to climb above (and stay above) zero before they can send out the street cleaners, which will happen around the second week of April.

After it’s all cleaned up, the salt and gravel will be used as cover material at the landfill.

Which raises the question: what else could we do with 87 million kilograms of sand and salt?

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