Gritting and salt bins

Salt bins

There are over 1,200 salt bins located across the Scottish Borders to allow immediate self-help treatment of roads and footways during severe weather conditions.

Request a salt bin refill

Salt bins are checked and refilled regularly during the winter months. To let us know that a salt 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 salt bin

Requests for a new salt bin should be made in writing to us. A salt 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.  

More information

See our winter FAQs for more on salt bins and other areas of our winter service.

View our list of salt bin locations

Adverse weather enquiry

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 0300 100 1800