How to use your grit

How to get the most out of your bag of grit:

  • use your snow shovel to clear new snow prior to applying your grit
  • please use your grit sparingly, there is a maximum of 10kg of grit per household
  • store it in a shed or garage, keep it off the ground and covered (to avoid salt seepage)
  • if the grit is kept covered and dry it will last for a few years
  • use the grit sparingly to clear paths, pavements, roads and steps outside the front of your home if they are covered in snow or ice
  • grit won't melt snow and ice on its own. It relies on a chemical reaction which is triggered when walked or driven on
  • heavy traffic and footfall means the grit will last about 6 hours and may then need recovering. Whilst the salt may disappear, the grit will remain for longer and still be effective
  • 10kg of free grit is available to all households including flats and maisonettes
  • don't put grit down the drain as it may clog and cause blockages

Guidance is also availble on on clearing paths 

If a grit bin is empty, less than half full or damaged, please tell us using our online process.

Make a report using the map

You can report an issue with a grit bin using the map below.

You can:

  1. use the search bar on the map to search for a location, address or street
  2. click on the map to place a pin
  3. proceed to fill in the short form 

Or make a report using the form

If you have accessibility requirements or difficulties using the map you can make a request using the form. Note that the form will be reviewed manually and may take longer to action.

Accessible report an issue with a grit bin form