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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = grit_bin
Grit bin UK.JPG
A container that holds sand, salt and gravel to spread on roads for winter safety. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: amenities
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

 Grit bins, salt bins or sand bins are located in countries where freezing temperaters and snowfall occurs - they are mainly in hilly areas. They hold grit (sand and fine gravel), salt, or a mixture of salt and grit for people to spread on nearby roads. The grit helps improve winter road safety.

How to map

Just place a node at right place. Tag it as amenity=grit_bin.

Additional the features can be mapped:

  • content=sand/salt/... - Content of the bin
  • colour=green/brown/yellow/... - Colour of the bin
  • material=plastic/wood/metal/... - Material of the bin

In some countries and/or towns the access to the content of the grit bin may be restricted. So an additional access=* may be necessary. The access may be one of:

  • access=*
    • access=yes - everyone is free to use the grit / salt (also access=public is/was used, however it is a undocumented duplicate of access=yes)
    • access=permissive - only a selected group is free to use; i.e. residents, local authorities Although this definition was included in the proposal for this tag and has occasionally been used, it conflicts with the normal definition of access=permissive and may cause confusion
    • access=private - the bin is owned by i.e. a company or a school
  • seasonal=yes - if grit bin is present at given location only for part of the year, seasonal=winter can be used and from context it would be indicating that it is present only during winter


In the UK, grit bins are typically brightly coloured; yellow is common but red and orange bins exist. (can be tagged with colour=yellow, material=plastic)


  • iD-editor: ID-amenity-grit-bin.svg

See also