Woman with Snow ShovelDo you use salt on your parking lots and driveways during the winter? You may be washing money and pollution down the storm drain. Salt is a useful tool to improve safety but it also ends up washing into our ponds, lakes and rivers where it can harm the plants and animals that live there. In fact, just one teaspoon of salt can pollute 5 gallons of water forever and contrary to popular belief, there is no treatment plant between your parking lot runoff and the nearest water body. The good news is that there is a way to reduce this source of pollution. Most people apply more salt than needed or apply salt when it won't be effective, so educating yourself on the proper amount and timing for salt application can save you money and help keep our waters clean. By applying these practices, the average business can reduce costs by 65%.

 Winter Maintenance for Small Sites Pt. 1

Winter Maintenance for Small Sites Pt. 2 

Here are some simple ways to manage winter ice and snow more efficiently:

  • Shovel that snow during the storm and after. Staying on top of the storm will be more effective than trying to catch up later
  • Temperature matters when using salt and sand. Use salt when it is warmer than 15 degrees and sand when it is below. Most road salts won’t be effective well below freezing temperatures and the sand will help with traction on pathways and walkway.
  • Less is better when applying salt. If you can see the salt after it has been applied; you’ve used too much. Once its dried; sweep it up and it can be reused; or throw it in the trash.

These aren't the only ways to improve the effectiveness of your winter maintenance program. Other practices, like calibrating your truck's salt applicator or using an application rate chart to determine salt/sand ratios can also help. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a great training video that you can use to train your staff in some of these best management practices. If you would like to take it a step further, send your crew to a road salt applicators training. Contact Andrew Ronchak, 651-558-6157 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. for additional information regarding this program. This training lasts about 4 hours; there is a comprehensive test and then a certification upon completion. Over 3,000 workers have recieved the training in Minnesota.

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Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, BurnsvilleEagan and Lakeville that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information.

DVR is not a drop off facility and does not accept any materials for recycling.