We have put big salt bins in locations across Aberdeen, so you can help yourself to salt to treat icy roads and pavements in your neighbourhood.
The map below shows where each of the community salt bins is located, and you can find details of the exact locations on the list further down the page.
Community salt bin locations
Bridge of Don
- Park and Ride, AB23 8FB
The salt bin is located in the south car park.
- Crown Terrace
The salt bin is located near the junction with St John's Place, next to the recycling point.
- Justice Street
The salt bin is located next to the bins at the recycling point.
- Union Row, AB10 1SA
The salt bin is located opposite Investment House.
- Loirston Close
The salt bin is located in the pub car park.
- Countesswells Road
The salt bin is located near number 210.
- Park and Ride, AB21 9TT
The salt bin is located at the entrance to the south car park.
- Laurel Drive, AB22 8HB
The salt bin is located next to the recycling facilities in Tesco car park.
- Netherview Avenue, AB21 7NG
The salt bin is located next to the recycling facilities in Asda car park.
- Asda car park, Garthdee Road, AB10 7QA
The salt bin is located next to the recycling facilities in the car park.
- Park and Ride, AB15 8UL
The salt bin is located next to the recycling point.
- Fernhill Drive, Ab16 6QT
The salt bin is located near the junction with Fernhill Road.
- Byron Square, AB16 7LL
The salt bin is located next to the bins in the Byron Square car park.
- Johnston Gardens North, AB14 0LD
The salt bin is located at the turning area near number 129.
- Leadside Road, AB25 1RX
The salt bin is located outside 65 Leadside Road, next to some bins.
- Regent Walk
The salt bin is located near Regent Court, by the entrance to the car park.
- Seaton Drive, near the junction with King Street.
The salt bin is located at the car park by the entrance to Seaton Walk.
- Pennan Road, AB24 2UD
The salt bin is located opposite the Tillydrone Family Centre and Library.
- Girdleness Road
The salt bin is located in the layby opposite 223 Girdleness Road.
- Anderson Road, AB24 4NS
The salt bin is located at the top of Anderson Road next to Stewart Park.
The public clearing snow and ice from pavements and roads
When there’s bad weather, we are continuously gritting primary and secondary roads and priority 1 and priority 2 pavements so it is very unlikely we will be able to grit other areas such as cul-de-sacs or residential streets. We provide one-tonne community salt bags, and 12 big community salt bins for residents to use along with grit bins around the city. Please only use the salt from these on public roads and pavements, not on your own path or driveway.
It is unlikely that you would be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement provided you have acted carefully and responsibly when treating the area. This would most probably only become an issue if your actions had made the situation worse and not better. For example, were you to use hot water to remove snow or ice, this could refreeze and create an ice hazard.
It is highly improbable that you would make any situation worse by using salt. If you are concerned about making a situation worse, please consider the following points:
- Have I created a new hazard – so long as your actions have not created a hazard that was not there prior, you should be OK
- Don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to ice
- Use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and will reduce the risk of it refreezing overnight
- You can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
- Pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help
- When clearing snow, consider where you move it to – try to avoid creating potential trip hazards with cleared snow
- If by clearing snow you have exposed ice underneath, treat this with salt to melt it.
You can also apply for a free one-tonne community salt bag at One-tonne salt bags | Aberdeen City Council and the application process and salt bag deliveries are usually in October/November every year.