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Grit bin.jpg
A container that holds sand, salt and gravel to spread on roads for winter safety Edit or translate this description.
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
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.

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=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


In the UK, grit bins are typically brightly coloured; yellow is common but red and orange bins exist.

See Also

Related terms: ‹ grit bin ›