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Smelly Bins and What to do About Them

 

How do I reduce unpleasant smells in my bin?

 

Your black and green bins can sometimes smell nasty or even contain flies and maggots. This is because the food waste in your bin is the ideal meal for hungry insects.

There are a few simple things you can do to reduce these problems.

Generally:

  • Keep your bin lid closed at all times. If your lid is damaged, please contact us and we can repair or replace it.

  • Keep the bin out of direct sunlight (this makes the waste slower to decompose, reduces smells and slows the development of maggots etc.).

  • Bag, or double-bag, all food waste, particularly meat and animal waste. You could use biodegradable bags, they will decay in landfill. (Please note that only compostable paper liners manufactured to EN13432 are accepted within the green bin.)

  • Don't leave waste food lying around inside the home before putting it in the bin, as flies can lay eggs on it during this time. Uncovered bins inside the kitchen can also allow flies to lays eggs on waste food.

  • Squeezing the air out of bags that contain food waste before they are tied and put in the bin should also slow down decomposition etc.

  • Don't to leave dog/cat food out uncovered - again because flies can lay their eggs in it.

  • Good hygiene in the home is the best way of preventing the spread of disease and infection. Flies are all around and have the potential to spread disease, no matter what type of refuse collection service is in operation.

  • Clean your bin and use detergents to reduce problems.

To help reduce problems in your green bin:

  • Don't contaminate your green bin with waste we can't accept.  If your green bin is found to be contaminated, the green bin crew won't be able to empty it.
  • You can use compostable paper liners manufactured to EN13432.  Please don't use any other types of compostable liners, or any other type of bag, in your green bin as this will contaminate the bin.
  • During green bin suspension weeks, please place food waste in your black bin.
  • During the hot summer months, consider putting food waste in the black or green bin.  If you put your food waste in the bin due to be emptied next, food waste won't be sat in your green or black bin as long. 

And to help reduce problems in your black bin:

  • Recycle as much as you can so that there's less in your black bin and the lid can be kept shut.

  • Bag all pet waste before putting it in your bin.  If you have a dog, you could place your bagged dog poo in one of the dog bins situated in public areas around the District, rather than having to bring the bagged waste home with you.

  • We recommend that solids are emptied in to the WC from disposable nappies before being double-bagged and put in the bin. 'Terry' type nappies and eco-friendly nappies are recommended.
  • During the hot summer months, consider putting food waste in the black or green bin.  If you put your food waste in the bin due to be emptied next, food waste won't be sat in your green or black bin as long. 


Maggots will only appear in the bin if the eggs have been laid in a suitable food source for them to develop.

If bins are kept closed, flies should not be able to enter to lay their eggs. Therefore, if maggots do appear, the eggs are likely to have been laid before the food was put in the wheelie bin, especially if it isn't wrapped in paper or bagged when put in the bin.


 

For more help and advice please contact our team (details at bottom of page).

Contact Details

  • Clean and Green Neighbourhoods Service
  • 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 6NG
  • Location District Council Offices
  • Telephone 01246 217610