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City of Mississauga Is Worth Its Salt

Nov 12, 2008

At today's Council meeting, the City of Mississauga was presented with two awards from the Salt Institute recognizing the City's high standard of environmental consciousness and effective management of winter materials storage at its Clarkson and Mavis Works Yards.

"Winter road maintenance helps to keep our City moving under the harshest of conditions," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Staff from the Transportations and Works Engineering and Works unit understand the importance of safe roads and manage salt and other resources wisely."

"Mississauga has proven itself among the national leaders in Canada in its salt storage program," said Salt Institute President Richard Hanneman. "Protecting both the environment and its public works personnel, the City has been a model for Canadian municipalities in implementing Environment Canada's Road Salts Code of Practice regarding salt storage. Best of all, its program to protect the environment has synergistic benefits in improving the ability of City crews to keep its streets safe and passable."

Salt Institute Awards:

The City's Clarkson Works Yard is one of only four award winners in Canada to receive the Salt Institute's 2008 Excellence in Storage Award, recognizing its outstanding salt storage facilities (salt domes) as well as its environmentally conscious polices and procedures related to its snow clearing operations.

The City's Mavis Works Yard is one of only two award winners in Canada to receive the Salt Institute's 2008 Continuing Excellence in Storage Award for sustaining an award-winning program that minimizes the environmental impact of its snow-clearing operations. This is the third year in a row that the City's Mavis Works Yard has been recognized by The Salt Institute for its operational excellence.

Each winter, the City uses about 60,000 tonnes of salt and 12,000 tonnes of sand/salt mixture as part of its snow clearing operations.

About the Salt Institute:

Founded in 1914, the Salt Institute is a non-profit association that represents salt manufacturers and producers of North America, and is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of salt.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state of the art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Media Contacts:

Catherine Monast
Team Leader Media/External Communications
City of Mississauga,  
905-615-3200 ext. 5046
Richard L. Hanneman
Salt Institute