Over 4,000 containers for deicing materials will be placed in Moscow in November. The containers will have a uniform style - a rectangular orange steel container about one meter high. The containers will have a notice, "deicing material," in indelible white paint.
The uniform design was developed at the instruction of Deputy Mayor for Housing, Utilities and Amenities Pyotr Biryukov. It will improve the appearance of bus stops, where the containers will be placed, and the street as a whole, and the deicing material will be always at hand.
Containers with deicing material were first placed in some areas of Moscow last February. Workers used it for black ice. In total, there were about 3,000 containers in various areas of the city. Last winter, about 60,000 utility service employees worked daily to clear pedestrian areas of snow and ice.
Sidewalks in Moscow are treated with deicing agents, including light gravel, which is considered the best deicing material as it is easily washed away by rain and wet snow.