Green Tips for Snow and Ice Removal

Green Tips | December 10, 2017

With snow storms hitting so much of the state, snow and ice removal has officially become a necessary chore across New York. If you live in New York City, you should know that the city requires building and business owners to remove snow and ice on public walkways in front of their buildings. The city only considers itself responsible for roads and walkways in front of public utilities, like schools or bus stops. If you’re shoveling your sidewalk or driveway, be mindful of the environmental impact you have.

The common practice of laying down salt has some downsides:
Salt abrasion can cause pets’ feet to crack and bleed
Salt damages plants’ nutrient-uptake
Some areas of New York State lose biodiversity, because highway salt kills all non salt-resistant plants in the area

Fortunately there are some ways to reduce these damages:
Try salt alternatives around your residence, like sand or organic, salt free de-icer products
Remove snow and ice manually, or enlist the help of some neighbors
If using appliances like snowblowers, choose rechargeable electric ones over gas-powered

 

By: Ryan Cuddy

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