Grit Bins Q & A's
Are grit bins meant for everyone to use?
Generally, you're welcome to use grit from grit bins to help clear local roads and sidewalks. Many towns have yellow grit bins for this purpose, allowing you to take action if your road hasn't been treated by the gritter.
What is the purpose of grit bins?
A grit bin, also known as a salt or sand bin, is like a helpful outdoor storage box you'll spot in places where it gets icy or snowy. It's there to store a mix of salt and grit that people can spread on roads when they're slippery.
Which grit bin is recommended as the best choice?
PARRS' Grit Bin Cap: 200lt - Yellow, Stackable is held in stock so delivered next day and our cheapest option at £105 +VAT.
What is the purpose of grit salt bins?
The purpose of a grit bin is to store de-icing salt or rock salt to distribute on pathways, driveways, and carparks to prevent ice from freezing and causing potential hazards.
Are grit bins designed to be waterproof?
Yes, our grit bins are mostly waterproof as they are designed to battle with the elements.
What size of grit bin is suitable for my use?
A 200 litre grit bin can accommodate about 10 large packs of rock salt or white de-icing salt, totaling approximately 250 kg. Meanwhile, the 400 litre bin has the capacity for 20 large packs, equivalent to around 500 kg.
In what situations should grit bins be used?
It's best to use a grit bin when snow, frost, or ice is expected. Grit works most effectively before snow has settled on the ground. Once it's already snowy, the grit may not be as effective.
How do I use grit bins?
Load up your de-icing salt and keep the lid closed when not in use. To use the de-icing salt firstly, grab a shovel and put on your gloves for safety. If there's snow on the ground, clear as much as possible before applying the grit. Spread the grit evenly across the surface, with a special focus on areas where cars will drive to ensure complete coverage. Stay safe and keep winter surfaces slip-free! Explore our top-quality snow shovels, salt spreaders, and de-icing salts at Parrs.