Keeping an ice scoop in the bin, mixed in with all of the ice, is not a sanitary practice. To ensure food safety and keep bacteria from contaminating the ice, use an ice scoop holder mounted inside the ice bin above the ice to keep the scoop from getting buried and prevent people from having to dig through the ice to find it. When choosing your ice scoop holder, it is best to go with a holder that matches your ice scoop, or to choose a model that can accommodate any brand or style of ice scoop. Most of these holders come with a mounting kit so that they can be attached to the side of the ice bin, either on the inside or the outside. They can also be mounted near the back of a bar for bartenders that are looking for a tool to make their own ice handling more sanitary.