Summer odours and pests

During warmer weather we often see an increase in fly activity. Maggots are larvae that hatch from the eggs laid by flies. Flies are naturally attracted to rubbish and food waste, but there are a number of ways you can minimise them finding their way into your bin.

General tips

Your food scraps bin

  • Cover all food left out in your home
  • Don’t overfill your green compostable bags so they can be tied tightly to contain food scraps
  • Change the compostable bag over in your kitchen food scraps bin every 2-3 days or more often in the hotter months
  • Consider storing food scraps like meat in a sealed container or compostable bag in the fridge or freezer until you put the bin out for collection
  • Clean the food scraps bin regularly using hot soapy water or in the dishwasher

Your green bin

  • Put the green bin out to be collected every week, even if the bin is not full
  • During warmer months where possible, mix your compostable bags in with garden waste in the bin. If there is no garden waste at your property you could wrap it in newspaper or as a last resort, double-bag with another compostable bag
  • Clear pet waste from the yard regularly and bag before putting in the bin

Your garbage bin

  • Avoid disposing of food waste in the garbage bin, separate for weekly collection in the green bin
  • Where practical, scrape the contents of disposable nappies into the toilet prior to disposal
  • Bin insecticides are available from hardware stores and supermarkets to reduce odours and flies. You can also try more natural options like bi-carb soda
  • Tightly wrap nappies, then bag and tightly tie off, removing all air before putting them in the bin
  • Bag the contents of kitty litter trays before putting them in the bin

Page last updated: 13 August 2019