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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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