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According to various sources, globally we consume about 80 million tons of road salt per year. Of that, the United States consumes about 25 percent in a heavy winter. Interestingly, Europe consumes just 7-8 million tons – or roughly 3rd of what the U.S. uses in the same time period. All of this despite Europe being twice the U.S. population with roughly the same-sized land mass and snowbelt.