Grit bins

Information from Staffordshire County Council

Whilst most main roads will be gritted during freezing weather, not all local roads will be treated.

Grit bins are provided in key locations to help local communities keep local roads and pavements clear. These are looked after and topped up by Staffordshire County Council, but may empty quickly during cold snaps. 

Grit bins should not be used for private drives and pathways. If you do need to treat your own property, please buy supplies of salt and grit from local supermarkets etc.

Using a grit bin

If you want to grit your local roads or pavements, here are some handy tips from Staffordshire County Council:

  • The material in 'grit' bins is crushed rock salt, spread it carefully and give it time to work.
  • It won't start to work immediately - it needs to be walked on/driven on before the ice and snow will start to melt.
  • Depending on the amount of snow and ice, as little as 40 grams per square metre can be needed - that's the equivalent of a bag of sugar over 25 square metres, or the area occupied by three typical sized family cars.
  • Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass, as it may cause them damage.
  • For more information on how you can help yourself and your local community, take a look at Staffordshire County Council's snow code which gives advice on clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces.

Where are grit bins placed?

The placing of a grit bin on the highway is subject to an assessment being carried out and the location meeting the following criteria:

  • Gradient greater than 10%
  • Severe bend
  • Close proximity to and falling towards heavily trafficked road
  • Traffic density at peak times
  • Number of premises for which the road is the only access
  • A substantial population of either disabled or elderly people

Grit bin assessments are normally carried out at the end of the winter period.

More information 

Further information visit Staffordshire County Council's grit bin section.


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