Warm weather bin hygiene
Bins can get smelly in warm weather, attracting flies. The flies lay eggs on food waste, and the eggs hatch into maggots inside the bins.
Managing your waste carefully during the summer can prevent these problems, so we have a few tips to help.
If you are still having problems, you might wish to put food waste in your green bin or brown sack (wrapped in newspaper or paper bags) one week and in your black bin or white sack (tied in plastic bags) the following week. This way your food waste will be collected weekly.
You can find out what happens to the waste you put in your green and black bins in some short videos at www.recap.co.uk.
In the kitchen
Use a free kitchen caddy to collect food waste separately and line it with newspaper or a paper bag so the food can be wrapped easily before being put into your green bin.
Empty your kitchen caddy (and kitchen bin if you put food waste in it) regularly and make sure waste is properly wrapped or bagged before putting it in your wheeled bins or waste sacks.
Minimise smells and help us recycle effectively by rinsing residue off food packaging such as yoghurt pots and microwave trays before putting them in the blue bin.
Make sure your kitchen bins have close-fitting lids; swing-top bins can sometimes let flies get inside. Keep the lid of your kitchen caddy closed.
Keep all food covered up and do not leave food waste on work surfaces: wrap it and put it in your kitchen caddy or bin straight away.
Keep your bins clean: wrapping food waste and bagging all other waste will help.
You can rinse your bins out with detergent, or use a bin-cleaning service.
If possible, store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the smell and help attract flies.
Ensure that all bin lids are kept closed. If your bin is damaged or missing please report it to our customer service team who can arrange a repair or replacement.
Try composting your kitchen vegetable waste in a home compost bin with a lid. This complements the green bin service.
If nappies are included in your rubbish, empty solids into the toilet and then double-bag the nappy. Consider using washable nappies to reduce your waste.
Try not to prepare more food than you need, so reducing the amount of food you throw away. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for tips on portion sizes and other ways of reducing food waste.
If maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied.
Maggots and flies' eggs can be killed with boiling water. Use a cleaning product with a fragrance to deter flies from your bin.