Gritting

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 Gov.uk on clearing paths 

If a grit bin is empty, please tell us using our online Report an empty grit bin form