How to select the right grit bin

These harsh winter months make travelling difficult, whether that’s by foot, car or public transport. This means that if you’re responsible for roads and pavements, even if it is just your own driveway, it is essential that you prepare by installing or refilling grit bins.

But with many different grit bins available on the market, you might be wondering which one is the best fit for your needs. No need to worry, we’ve put together this article to help you decide.

Factors to consider when choosing a grit bin

Size

For smaller businesses or home use, a 60-litre grit bin would be an ideal size. This is usually more than adequate for small areas like paths, driveways and entrances to buildings.

For medium-sized businesses or car parks that have a capacity for around 10 – 15 cars, then a 175-litre grit bin is ideal. If you operate a larger business or work for a local authority, for example, then you will need a much larger size. One or more 350-litre grit bins should suit your requirements as the bin will store enough grit or salt to clear a large section of main road and pavement.

Location

This is another important factor that you should bear in mind when choosing a grit bin. Certain locations may require a grit bin more than others, such as areas that have a higher slip risk. These can include roads or footpaths that have an incline and can be dangerous for vehicles and pedestrians going up or down them.

Dangerous road junctions and busy pedestrian crossing areas should also have a grit bin installed to promote public safety as much as possible.

Grit bins should always be placed in visible areas, near potential hazards, so that they can be easily accessed.

Application

Some busy and high-traffic areas require multiple applications of grit and therefore it is important that you select the correct bin to keep up with this demand.

By choosing a larger grit bin in this situation, you can ensure that you are able to comfortably cover and recover the surrounding area, without having to constantly refill the bins in the cold.

What are the different types of grit bins?

Now that we have gone over some important factors to consider, it is time to go over the different types of grit bins. It should be noted that all grit bins are made from heavy-duty, all-weather plastic and so can be left in place for many years without any loss of shape or colour.

Standard grit bins

The standard large grit bin is heavy-duty, durable, stackable and features deep channels at the bottom so it can be easily moved using a forklift.

It features a hinged lid that provides easy access and protects contents from the elements. This type of grit bin can also be used during the warmer months for other storage (e.g. in your garage) if you do not keep the grit stocked up all year round.

Mobile grit bins

Fitted with composite wheels and an ergonomic handle for easy manoeuvrability, mobile grit bins can be an ideal solution if you need to spread grit in several different areas around your site but don’t need multiple bins. 

Nestable grit bins

This type of grit bin is best suited for busy environments where grit and salt need to be dispatched quickly and efficiently on frost mornings. Their stackable design means they are extremely easy to transport and take up much less space than a smaller grit bin.

Nestable grit bins are a good choice if you run a large premises, or work for the local authority, and need to dispense salt/grit throughout the area to make sure everyone is safe and everything is running smoothly and safely.