Grit bins

We provide grit bins for the public to help keep the roads and pavements clear. The salt is not intended for use on private drives and paths.

Can we request a grit bin?

We assess all requests for grit bins each year between May and October and score the location against the following criteria. The location must tick at least 5 of the following for a grit bin to be considered:

  • must be on the public highway
  • at sharp or difficult bends
  • junctions where the side road approach has a gradient
  • on particularly steep gradients elsewhere (of 10% or greater)
  • community facilities (health centres)
  • only access road to a community
  • at known problem sites
  • not on roads which are included in the precautionary treatment network
  • will not be placed less than 150m from an existing bin

If a location does not meet the criteria the local town council, parish council, borough or district council may decide to install their own private grit bin, subject to approval from Northamptonshire County Council.

To request a new grit bin, please email Your request will then be added to a list for assessment.

How do we get our grit bin restocked?

We inspect and fill all County Council owned bins at the beginning of the winter period. We will provide more grit when needed depending upon our available resources, their usage and the severity of the weather. Requests for bins to be refilled can be made via Street Doctor.

Can a grit bin be removed?

Grit bins often become the focus of vandalism or a meeting place for people. If this becomes an unbearable nuisance, you can request that we remove the bin.

You would need to get the agreement of other residents in the area, and often the local council, before we could withdraw the facility.

Damaged grit bins

The condition of grit bins and the use of salt will be recorded at the time of filling. Where grit bins require replacement due to vandalism or general wear, its location will be assessed against the criteria detailed above before replacement. Reports of damaged bins can be made via Street Doctor.

How many grit bins are in the county?

The number of grit bins in each district as of 1 October 2019 will be:

​District​Number of grit bins
​East Northants​217
​South Northamptonshire​309
​Total in Northamptonshire​1513