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Grit bins

We provide grit bins at selected locations around the county.

You can use the grit on the road, pavements and other public footways but not for treating private property. Misuse of the grit can lead to unnecessary shortages that can cause a danger to motorists.

If you require grit or salt for your own property, it can be brought from major builders' merchants or large garden centres.

Where is my nearest grit bin?

To find the location of bins in your area, please see our interactive map.

How do we decide where to place grit bins?

We provide grit bins for locations that are off the priority salting routes and would not normally receive immediate help during severe weather or snow. We prioritise locations that have:

  • difficult road junctions
  • slopes
  • acute bends
  • large numbers of pedestrians

Our criteria for providing grit bins can be found in our Highways Cold Weather Plan 2017/18 (PDF).

How to use the grit

Use a spade or shovel to spread the grit thinly and evenly across the road or pavement. A shovel full of grit will be sufficient to treat 20-30 square metres.

Can I clear ice and snow from pavements and paths without fear of legal action?

See GOV.UK advice on clearing ice and snow.

Report grit bin problem

Use our online form to report damaged or missing bins.

Empty grit bins

Ahead of the 2017/18 winter season, bins already reported as empty will  be filled, as well as bins at fire and police stations or those bins funded under an agreement with a third party.

Throughout the season, we do not refill bins on demand.

How do I request a grit bin for my area?

Local organisations can fund a grit bin for £764. This covers installation, repair, maintenance, insurance, administration and one fill a year, for four years.

New bins will be installed at a safe location on the highway and filled ahead of the next winter season.