How Cheese Helps Snowy Roads from Becoming Too Slick
A Wisconsin cheese plant has come up with a solution to the chemical-filled road salt usually utilized to make snowy roads safe, while simultaneously repurposing their own waste product. Yup, you got it -- whey is the new road salt.
“The cheese whey itself froze at a lower point than regular salt brine,” said highway manager Moe Norby.
The high sodium makes the brine a perfect replacement for the conventional magnesium chloride, the chemical most often used by highway departments.
Highway officials also said they are saving a lot of money by using the cheese instead.