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Salt bins

We've installed salt bins across the borough to help you during periods of ice or snow.

Is there a salt bin near me?

There are over 500 salt bins on roads and pavements where we're not able to grit across the borough. You can download salt bin locations as a pdf.

How can I request a salt bin for my road?

To request a bin for this winter:

  1. You'll need to submit your request between 1 April-20 September, otherwise we'll consider your request for the following winter.
  2. Unless there's a specific reason, we wont put a salt bin on roads or pedestrian areas which are on the gritting route or already have a salt bin. You can view salt bin locations in the section above.
  3. Follow the link below to submit a request using our online form.
  4. We'll assess your request using our approved needs-based criteria. Councillors will then make the final decision on approving a salt bin request.
Submit a salt bin report or request (opens in a new window)

What can and can't I use salt bins for?

You can use the salt in the salt bins on the roads and pavements around your house.

You can't use the bins on your private property, for example on your drive or in your garden.

Please remember to close the salt bin lid after you've used it. The salt is more effective if it's kept dry before being spread. If you see any salt bin lid which has been left open, please close it to preserve the quality of the salt.

Can I report someone for using public salt on their property?

Yes. To report someone you think is misusing a salt bin:

  1. You'll need to know the exact location and the supply number of the salt bin. You can find the supply number on the metal plate attached to the bin.
  2. Email us the details in confidence to report any suspected misuse of salt bins.
Email winter.service@rochdale.gov.uk to report salt bin misuse

Can you provide me with salt directly?

No, sorry. We have to preserve our stocks so we can maintain our critical road network, heavy footfall pavement areas and have enough to fill the borough's salt bins. But you can:

How can I report a damaged bin?

To report a damaged salt bin:

  1. You'll need the supply number of the salt bin. You can find this on the metal plate attached to the bin.      
  2. If there's no number on the bin, it's not owned by us. But, you can still report the damage to us and if it's possible, we'll pass on your report to the responsible service.
  3. Follow the link below to submit a salt bin report using our online form.
Submit a salt bin report or request (opens in a new window)

How often do you fill the salt bins?

We fill the salt bins at the start of the winter season, then:

  • We monitor how much salt is used from the bin and top it up when necessary.
  • During periods of high demand, we refill them once a week.
  • If we need to preserve stocks, we may have to reduce the frequency of refilling the salt bins.

How can I ask you to fill a salt bin?

Follow the link below to submit a salt bin request using our online form.

You'll need the supply number of the salt bin. You can find this on the metal place attached to the bin.      

Submit a salt bin report or request (opens in a new window)

What type of salt is used to fill the salt bins?

We fill the bins with the same rock salt we use to treat roads and pedestrian areas. This is because the salt in the salt bins should be used on public roads and pedestrian areas.

There may be occasions when we have to restrict salt usage. In these circumstances, we may mix the rock salt in the salt bins with grit sand or even use white salt with grit sand. This helps us to preserve salt supplies but also has the added benefit that it can help make the surface less slippery - especially if it's icy or hard packed snow.

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