Grit bins

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

Suffolk Highways, on behalf of Suffolk County Council, will only accept requests for new grit bins from a parish, town, borough or district council (the 'Applicant').

Grit bins 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 generally not on current gritting routes.

Grit from bins 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.

Please note: Following a review of our grit bin/heap process, we have identified concerns about the effectiveness of grit heaps. They can damage the environment due to the leaching of salt into the highway verges and the underlying groundwater and watercourses. This leaching also reduces the effectiveness of the remaining material. Therefore, the provision of grit heaps across the county can no longer be supported. Material for these heaps will not be provided any more by Suffolk Highways.

However, if you wish to maintain a stock of grit at the location of a redundant grit heap in your parish/town please apply for a new grit bin at that location. To do so please follow this guidance (PDF, 179KB).

Refilling grit bins

Preparations are now taking place for winter, Suffolk Highways will be replenishing all highway maintained grit bins in readiness for the season.

Please rest assured that the full restocking of all registered highway grit bins will commence before the winter. At that time or shortly after, we will install signage on the grit bins to explain how to make best use of the grit and how to get the grit bin restocked.

Request a new grit bin

Suffolk Highways, on behalf of Suffolk County Council, will only accept requests for new grit bins from a parish, town, borough or district council (the 'Applicant').

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.

If you wish to maintain a stock of grit at the location of a redundant grit heap in your parish/town please apply for a new grit bin at that location. To do so please follow this guidance (PDF, 179KB).

If you require a new replacement bin, please also refer to the guidance (PDF, 179KB). The team responsible for this service is ready to receive completed applications for processing. This year, the closing date for applications has been relaxed to ensure you have sufficient time.