NUMBER OF THE WEEK: Jan. 04, 2009
18,000 lbs.
Source: Treehugger.Com | December 22, 2008

Landfill-Bound Garlic Salt is De-Icing Roads in Iowa

by Michael Graham Richard

Mmmm, Delicious Garlic Slush!
Parents will have more trouble keeping their small children from eating snow in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny. The city is using garlic salt to de-ice its road, thanks to a generous donation by Tone Brothers Inc., a spice producer headquartered in Ankeny. Read on for more details.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Public Works Administrator Al Olson says the company donated 18,000 pounds of garlic salt to use on its 400 miles of roads.

Olson doesn't have details, but he says the salt would have ended up in the landfill, so the company donated it. A telephone call Wednesday to Tone Brothers wasn't immediately returned.

Olson says the city mixed the garlic salt with regular road salt and it works fine.

Some of the road workers apparently reported that it makes them hungry, but aside from that, there are no apparent downsides to this original recycling project. This makes me wonder how many things that are sent to the landfill by big food producers could find other uses (composting?)...

Via Consumerist