Gritting and grit bins

Grit bins

There are over one thousand grit bins located across the Scottish Borders to allow immediate self-help treatment of roads and footways during severe weather conditions.

Request a grit bin refill

Grit bins are checked and refilled regularly during the winter months. To let us know that a grit bin needs to be refilled you can:

It is not always possible to respond to requests while gritting or snow clearing is being carried out.

Request a new grit bin

Requests for a new grit bin should be made in writing to us. A grit bin will not be sited:

  • on a road or footway which is treated as a primary route
  • anywhere that causes an obstruction to pedestrians
  • on private roads or areas

We will consider the provision of salt bin for identified roads which meet the agreed criteria. The criteria is based on:

  • the number of properties served by the road
  • gradient
  • distance from existing primary salting route or existing salt bin
  • special features (such as steps, prolonged shade, proximity to public buildings: sheltered housing, health centres and schools)

The assessment is based on information gathered about the section of road in question, rather than individual householders information.  

Find your nearest grit bin