Deicing wintry roads is not an inexpensive venture, with The New York Times projecting that the city of Milwaukee spent nearly $6.5 million just on snow removal and salt for deicing. So it's no surprise that some municipalities are looking for cheaper alternatives to the traditional gritters. What the state of Wisconsin has come up with, though, might just take the cake for most innovative salt replacement.

Wisconsin is the largest producer of cheese in the US, which means it has a great deal of waste product as part of the cheese-making process. One of the primary byproducts of cheese production is salt water in the brine, which can apparently be repurposed to deice roads.

The Times reports that the salt water is being mixed with a regular ol' rock salt as part of a trial program in Milwaukee. If the trial proves successful, authorities expect other states would implement their own salt-cheese blends. As for what cheeses work best? It seems that roads are partial to provolone and mozzarella (coincidentally, so is your author). Scroll down for a local news report.


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      nineeleventothecore
      • 11 Months Ago
      Governm'nt cheese, by definition.
      ADDvanced
      • 11 Months Ago
      Milwaukee spends so much because they OVERSALT THE LIVING **** OUT of their roads. They use DOUBLE the amount of salt per mile, compared to Madison. And that is not exaggerating; that is a quote from JSOnline a few years ago. If they quit putting so much ******* salt on their roads, the environment, the lakes, and the bridges would all be better off. And cars wouldn't rust out in a couple years. PLEASE QUIT SALTING SO MUCH!
      Master Austin
      • 11 Months Ago
      Now just watch, a year from now we will read a story here about how the rat population has increase...
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 11 Months Ago
      I've always seen sand to work better than any salt application. It works at all temps, doesn't dissolve away, and doesn't rust out cars. In places like Lake Tahoe where salt use is strictly forbidden it works great.
      Johnny_Se7en
      • 11 Months Ago
      When the spring comes I bet the place will stink of sour milk.
        Jso Rsa
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Johnny_Se7en
        Yeah, that was my first thought, too. Doesn't cheese spoil and stink to high heaven after a while?
      Stimpson
      • 11 Months Ago
      You can now talk to cheeses, regardless of their foreign tongues!
      clquake
      • 11 Months Ago
      Headline says they're using cheese. I expected to see someone rubbing cheddar all over the road, instead what I get is a story on how they will use salt water.
      ltcolphs
      • 11 Months Ago
      What can I say about this? Talk about recycling...and with a total use. What isn't consumed as a cheese is consumed by the ice. Coming from rural New York I rember all too well what vehicles looked like after driving on the salted roads. But that's life. Driving on icy roads can be fatal. So this time there's some cheese smell on the road. Just as long as the ice isn't there.
      Seal Rchin
      • 11 Months Ago
      Cheese to thaw ice? I need to daaaaaaaaaaaaable check that.
      TriShield
      • 11 Months Ago
      Salting roads is tremendously harmful to the environment. The salt doesn't just disappear, it collects in the soil and groundwater. If anything alternatives should be adopted and this practice phased out.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @TriShield
        Not to mention the damage to infrastructure and automobiles.
      joe shmoe
      • 11 Months Ago
      it's still just salt water... that smells like cheese. wonder if there's rot smell a little later
      Jake
      • 11 Months Ago
      that's nacho cheese!
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