Grit bins and heaps

Information about how to request a grit bin, or how to report a grit bin that needs refilling in Suffolk.

Grit bins and heaps are generally placed at important locations, such as the bottom of hills, or on junctions on minor roads. We agree locations with parish councils to make sure they are in local trouble spots that are on lower priority gritting routes.

Grit from bins or heaps must only be used on the public highway - unauthorised use of the salt from the grit bins is considered to be theft.  

We can insure named volunteers for spreading grit or clearing snow providing the parish or town council maintains a list of these volunteers.

Report an empty grit bin

Grit bins are replenished at the start of the gritting season (usually mid-October). It can take 2 weeks from the date of request because it is normally done when we are in the area on other work.

You can report an empty grit bin quickly and easily online using our Highways Reporting Tool.

Request a new grit bin

New grit bins can only be requested by a town or parish council or county councillor.

A grit bin costs between £150 and £450 depending on the type. It must be funded by a county councillor, town or parish council.

Salt will be supplied and replenished by us for free.