If you’ve ever had the pleasure of diving in the Dead Sea or sampled its salty sea water, you’ve surely heard about “Dirty Dead Sea salt.” It’s the stuff that goes down on the ocean floor and gets carried down the drain. Its name is derived from the fact that sea water is sterile. Sea water doesn’t contain bacteria.
Sea salt (which is highly salted) was very beneficial in the past, helping to cure dysentery and typhoid. Today, though, the Dead Sea is not to like the sea it once was. Gone are the days when a qualified physician would often be on the scene to examine patients. Those days are a distant memory.
The Dead Sea used to have seawater that constantly penetrated through the layers of rock. It was so salty, the salinity level was low enough to keep it safe for the humans living in the area, who were limited to a few amounts of fresh water each day.
Today, the Dead Sea is about the same salinity level as the ocean, so it no longer has seawater penetrating its soil, giving it a dry, sterile effect. “Dirty Dead Sea salt” is the kind that is cleaned up and sent down the drain.
If you’re a business, you’ve heard about how sea salt can be a great option for advertising. One can buy sea salt, then, when it comes time to dispose of it, put it in a container, label it as sea salt, and send it down the drain.
So it makes sense that companies would want to buy their salt. However, if a company’s well is running dry, or one of its wastewater collection systems is breaking down, then there’s not much they can do. The sea salt is not worth the effort to get rid of it.
There are a couple of options. One is to have the salt shipped down the drain for disposal, but then to donate the salt to charity. Or, better yet, companies can buy the salts and add them to their products for their advertisements.
When it comes to the size of the container that is used to send the salt, it’s often required to be the exact measurement of the salt. And it’s not hard to do. Rather than a one-gallon bucket or barrel, salt may be packed in a pint or quart sized receptacle.
The other option when it comes to the amount of sea salt a company uses in its ads is to buy a larger container and send it down the drain. It’s the same as buying a bigger drum, a foot long and an inch in diameter. This bigger container allows the salt to be poured into it. There’s no risk of the actual salt leaking out into the ground.
The salt, after it is poured down the drain, is removed. When a flotation solution is applied to the water, the water is trapped inside. It will float up out of the water.
There are a couple of ways to recycle sea salt. The salt can be spread around on lawns, farms, or gardens, so that more of it can be used in the future.