KaarbonTech has recently been commissioned to perform a grit bin survey for a county council. Using our own grit bin asset management solution, Grit SMART, we commissioned a surveyor to inspect and survey approximately 1,300 bins in three and a half weeks.
Once at the location of each bin, the surveyor inspected the bin and ascertained any damage, whether the bin is in the correct geographical location and the level of salt. A photograph of the general condition of the bin is taken along with a photograph of the salt level.
Once the survey is completed the system can easily run reports establishing the exact number of bins with salt below a certain percentage that require filling this season. Bins requiring filling are packaged in to a work package and then distributed to the fill teams. Integrated route navigation then helps the fill teams go directly to the bin rather than having to hunt for it.
By adopting this approach to grit bin management, local authorities are able to reduce their budget by only filling bins that require filling. The system also provides the authority with protection against litigation by building year on year evidence of visits to the bin and evidence of when they were filled.
During the survey, the surveyor was horrified to find a dead animal had been dumped in the bin. It never ceases to amaze us during our surveys how members of the public treat their grit bins. This example has to be one of the worst.
For more information on Grit SMART please call 0800 804 8844 or visit https://kaarbontech.co.uk/gritsmart