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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Salt bins

We have more than 2,000 salt (grit) bins in County Durham which we aim to keep filled during the winter months.

Salt bin requests and refills 

Request a new salt bin or ask for a refill

For refills, please quote the reference number of the salt bin which can be found on the top or the side of the bin.

What is considered when a new salt bin request is sent to us?


  • steep gradients
  • severe bends
  • traffic category
  • bus route
  • accident history


  • high pedestrian activity
  • gradients
  • pedestrians with reduced mobility
  • health centres
  • local services

There is specific criteria which must be met before a salt bin can be placed in a new location, as outlined in the salt bin assessment form (appendix 4) in the winter maintenance policy located on our Winter service plan web page.

Follow us on Twitter #twittergritterNE to keep up to date with our winter roads service.

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Customer Services
03000 26 0000
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