Find your nearest Grit Bin
The location of new or replacement grits bin are first assessed before being installed or replaced, grit bins will not be installed within 100 metres of an existing grit bin.
- To find your nearest grit bin use our interactive map search (opens new window)
Report a Grit Bin Issue
You can request a grit bin to be refilled, request a replacement grit bin where it is missing, damaged or broken, or request a grit bin where one isn't present, using our online form.
Grit Bin Policy
The provision of grit bins in urban areas is to offer the public a self-help option to overcome localised difficulties of greatest risk in relation to the effect of winter conditions on roads and footpaths. It is important that the council encourages and helps facilitate self-help by those members of the public who are prepared to carry out this work.
However, the number of grit bins made available needs to be controlled. Maintaining adequate salt levels in the bins results in an operational burden therefore careful consideration is given to the provision and location of grit bins.
Consideration is also given to the following:
- New grit bins are only provided in accordance with the urban [24KB] and rural [23KB] grit bin criteria
- If the location is currently on a primary carriageway or footway route then a grit bin will not be considered as the risk should be mitigated from planned treatment
- Grit bins will only be located where they can be accessed and filled from a lorry
- Grit bins will be replenished at the start of the winter period and then only as an when resources allow thereafter.
- Council grit bins will be left in place all year, we do not refill private grit bins
- Both the grit bin and grit are purely for use on a public road or footway
- The locations of grit bins will be recorded and made available online, to find your nearest grit bin use our map search
- The council will not provide grit bins in private areas or car parks for use by any other council or any other public or private property such as schools, parks, hospitals, care homes, etc. unless a service level agreement is in place
- Only those requests submitted online with the proposed location shown on a map will be considered
- Applicants will be notified when the application is successful or not, the responsible officers decision is final
- A request will not be accepted unless a location to site the bin has been agreed with the responsible officer
- Grit bins that are stolen/damaged or missing will be first reassessed in line with the criteria, a previous grit bin will not be replaced if the location does not meet the criteria
- In times of an extreme weather event it is not always possible to service and replenish grit bins due to their location and the deployment of resources in higher priority areas
Please note - Urban is where the speed limit is 40mph or less. Rural is where the speed limit is greater than 40mph.
|Armadale||Garage site at McNeil Crescent|
|Bathgate||Xcite Centre, Torphichen Road|
|Bathgate (Wester Inch)||Car park adjacent to play area in Leyland Road|
|Blackburn||Partnership Centre, Ash Grove|
|Blackridge||Craig Inn Community Centre, Main Street|
|Bridgend||Car park at Community Centre|
|Broxburn||Xcite Centre, Church Street|
|Craigshill||Tower Public House car park, Adelaide Street|
|East Calder||Xcite Centre, Langton Road|
|Ecclesmachan||Oatridge College Access Road|
|Eliburn||Livingston North Train Station (South Car Park)|
|Fauldhouse||Eastfield Road Car Park near the bottle banks|
|Greenrigg||Polkemmet Drive garage site|
|Linlithgow||Xcite Centre, McGinley Way|
|Livingston Village||Car park at rear of Livingston Inn|
|Murieston||Livingston South Train Station car park|
|Newton||Community Education Centre|
|Threemiletown||B9080 opposite Rosebank|
|Torphichen||Community Centre, Bowyett|
|West Calder||Business Centre, Dickson Street|
|Westfield||North end of Strathlogie|
|Whitburn||Xcite Centre, Jubilee Road|
|Winchburgh||Community Centre, Craigton Place|
There is no law preventing members of the public from clearing snow and ice from public roads and footways outside their properties and businesses. However, people should exercise care and caution when attempting to undertake any snow clearing so that they do not create any further hazards through careless or inconsiderate actions.
Being a good neighbour during severe winter weather is usually welcomed.
Detailed below is some advice provided by the Government on clearing roads and footways yourself:-
- Do not use hot water as this could freeze, increasing the risk of injury to persons
- Choose suitable clothing for the task to ensure that you remain warm, clearly visible to traffic and that footwear provides a good grip
- Do not take unnecessary risks in the road and be aware that vehicles may find it difficult to stop quickly in icy conditions
- If shovelling snow consider where you are going to put it to avoid shifting the problem elsewhere, for example, avoid blocking other footways and drainage features such as gullies
- Use a shovel with a wide blade and do not overload the shovel with snow
- It is easier to remove fresh snow before pedestrians have compressed the snow into compacted ice
- Clear a line down the middle of the area to be cleared first to create a safer surface to work from
- Spread some salt on the area cleared to prevent the formation of ice
- Do not use too much salt as a few grams, about a tablespoon for each square metre that you clear should be sufficient
- If there is no salt available then a little sand or grit is a reasonable substitute. It will not have the same de-icing properties as salt but will improve grip underfoot
- Salt applied to the road or footway could be washed away by rain or snow and subsequently freeze - in this case a further application of salt should be used soon after the rain has ceased and before temperatures approach freezing
- Particular care and attention should be given to steps and steep gradients to ensure that snow and ice is removed - it may be beneficial to apply additional salt at these locations to reduce the risk of injury