Too Much Sand to Cleanup

Sand on streets

March 26, 2021

As the spring sun starts brightening and warming our days, we are left with winter’s ugly stain, a thick blanket of sand over everything and a fog of dust in our air.

A Canadian city will typically spread over 70 million kilograms of sand and 17 million kilograms of granular salt on roadways during the winter months. This does not include the millions of kilograms of sand and salt that contractors spread on private parking lots and sidewalks. When spring comes, the street sweepers go out to try and cleanup the mess that winter left behind. Some of the sand can be cleaned and reused, while the majority goes to the landfills. By springtime a lot of the sand and most of the salt has made its way into storm sewers and catch basins, as well as being scattered on boulevards and lawns. The destructive sand/salt mixture kills plant growth and corrodes concrete, asphalt and metal.

There has to be a better way to prevent ice on winter roadways and reduce the amount of sand and salt used in the process.
There is…

Applying Beet 55TM to surfaces prior to a snow event will prevent the snow from bonding to the concrete or asphalt, allowing for more efficient and effective snow clearing. This proactive approach will save money.
Beet 55TM can also be applied to sand, which will allow the sand to adhere to the roadways and reduce the amount of sand and salt needed.

Beet 55TM is an organic liquid derived from sugar beet molasses, which is a sustainable and renewable resource. Beet 55TM is environmentally safe and does not require spring cleanup. It simply washes away safely with the winter thaw and spring rains.
For more information on how to clean up our roadways, parking lots and sidewalks, please give us a call.

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