Managing Bins in Hot Weather

Bins can get smelly in warm weather, attracting flies. Managing your waste carefully can help prevent these problems.

  • Wrapping food waste and bagging certain other waste will help keep your bins clean.
  • 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 we can arrange a repair or replacement.
  • Minimise smells and help us recycle effectively by rinsing residue off food packaging such as yoghurt pots and food cans before putting them in the blue bin.
  • Make sure your kitchen bins have close-fitting lids; loose topped bins can sometimes let flies get inside. Keep the lid of your kitchen bin closed.
  • Keep all food covered up and do not leave food waste on work surfaces: wrap it and put it in your kitchen bin straight away.
  • Flies can lay eggs on food waste in warm weather, and the eggs will then hatch into maggots inside your bin.
  • If maggots do get into your wheeled bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. Any that remain can be killed with boiling water or use a proprietary insecticide.
  • Use a cleaning product with a fragrance to deter flies from your bin.
  • Try composting your kitchen vegetable waste in a home compost bin with a lid.
  • 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 Love Food Hate Waste for tips on portion sizes and other ways of reducing food waste.

Last Updated on Tuesday, January 11, 2022