In the spotlight… Glass Fibre Composite Grit Bin Range

December 2, 2018

We experienced the heaviest snow seen in years at the start of this year, hundreds of schools were closed and the public were warned not to drive unless completely necessary. As winter approaches, we need to be prepared for all eventualities.

This month, we’re taking a look at our glass fibre composite range of grit bins – a popular choice among councils and local authorities due to their tough and hardwearing design.

How are these units manufactured?

Our GFC grit bins are manufactured using an exclusive technique established by Wybone almost 50 years ago, using a wooden carcass which is encapsulated with high impact strength glass fibre composite resins. The units are then sanded and sprayed in a finish and colour of your choice. Take a look at the manufacturing process in our latest video!

What are the advantages of glass fibre composite?

This material is completely unaffected by extreme weather conditions and salty air, which allows the bin to be placed in a coastal or roadside location and remain intact for years. GFC products offer substantial fire protection, conforming to BS 476 Part 7 and Part 6, fire rated at Class 1/0 Building Regulations. This range of grit bins has a low carbon footprint due to their longevity and the ability to refurbish most units. Some of our glass fibre composite units have been in situ for the best part of two decades.

What sizes do these units come in?

We offer our glass fibre grit bins in a range of sizes and capacities to suit any location. Whether you’re looking for a smaller sized grit bin to suit an office car park, we can offer the SFG/8 which has a 224 litre capacity. If you’re looking for a larger grit bin to fulfil a retail park, we have the SFG/17 with a substantial 476 litre capacity.

What styles do you offer?

Our standard finish is a PTX textured paint that gives a rough ‘sandpaper’ like textured finish, designed to prevent unwanted graffiti and posters being applied. You could opt for a smoother pseudo-cast iron finish with only a slight texture and no roughness.

Our Victoriana style grit bins receive extra special TLC as they are hand sprayed using durable, weatherproof paint all over the unit, followed by delicate hand painting of gold or silver banding around the unit.

Can these grit bins be customised?

These grit bins are available with moulded ‘GRIT’ or ‘SALT’ to the lid as standard. You can also choose perspex plates that can be made bespoke to suit your requirements. Additional features include fork lift runners which are incorporated into the design of the unit for ease of movement, or a hasp and staple to keep the contents locked and secure.

Do these grit bins come with any warranties?

Our glass fibre grit bins are impervious to salt corrosion and will never rust, which means they will stand the test of time. Our GFC units are rigorously tested to ensure their strength and durability. Our Production Manager Paul, performed a ‘hammer test’ to demonstrate their resilience. Don’t worry – no grit bins were harmed in the making of this video.

Where can I see these grit bins?

You can see our glass fibre composite grit bins all the way up in Scotland. South Lanarkshire Council are big fans of our SFG/17 Grit Bin due to its large capacity and have ordered around 900 units this year!

Is the wintry weather is making you feel festive? Our stylishly designed Christmas Decorations are manufactured from high quality 0.8mm galvanised steel and powder coated in either gold or silver. These baubles are available in a range of designs including stars, snowflakes and reindeer spinners. The powder coating process ensures a high level of corrosion resistance, which means your baubles can be left outside and it won’t be affected by the unpredictable British weather.

For more information on our glass fibre composite range of products or our new Christmas baubles, feel free to give us a call on 01226 352333 or send us an email to [email protected] 

Wybone GFC Grit Bin Range