Summer is coming so keep those bins under control with these top tips :-)
Keep your bin lids closed at all times. This prevents flies from laying their eggs in your waste. It also stops smells spreading.
If your bin is broken, vermin will get in and out of the smallest crack making your wheelie bins a living nightmare! Contact local council to arrange a replacement.
Store your outside bins in a well-ventilated, shady and convenient location. Keeping your bins out of direct sunlight will help slow general decomposition, reduce smells and stop or slow the development of maggots.
Keep your bins clean contacting Perth’s Premier Bin cleaner Super Clean Bins!!! We will ensure complete cleanliness by cleaning up any spillages on the outside or lip of your bin. These spillages could attract flies and vermin.
After your wheelie bins have been emptied we will use high pressure state of the art bin cleaning machine to get your bins not just clean but super clean!!!
For those with time keep in mind water restrictions. Use a trigger nozzle hose and wash bins on the grass. Strong detergents or bleach should not be put into stormwater drains. Bins should be washed out on grass areas.
Do not overfill your bins. If you need extra bin capacity, contact Council for alternate service options and costs. For example, you can order an additional green or yellow bin for a fee.
Bin Styles change from council to council-most such as stirling council are moving to:
Red Bins – General Waste
By sorting your waste properly you could potentially reduce your red bin rubbish by more than half. A recent waste audit found that 40% of rubbish found in red bins should be put in green bins, and a further 18% should be put in yellow bins.
Bag or wrap your general rubbish before putting it in the red bin. Old plastic shopping bags can be used to tie up your rubbish if you do not have black bags or bin liners.
Pet waste can be buried in your garden. If you decide to throw it away, bag or double-bag it securely to prevent smells and flies.
Empty the contents of soiled nappies into the toilet before placing them in the bin. Tightly roll into a bundle to enclose contents and use the sticky tabs to close securely.
Wrap, bag or double-bag nappies and sanitary items to reduce smells. There are products available such as odour neutralising nappy bags and bin deodorisers that can help.
Consider using washable cloth nappies to reduce waste.
Yellow Bins – Recycling
Rinse recyclable food packaging, bottles and cans to remove any excess food residue and allow them to drain thoroughly before putting them in the recycling bin. Put newspaper in the bin first to help absorb any moisture and keep the bin clean.
3 Green Bins – Food and Garden Waste
Put ALL food waste in your green food and garden waste bin which is collected weekly.
Put your green bin out for collection every week even if it is not full.
Keep your green bin as dry as possible. Line with newspaper, cardboard or lawn clippings before adding food scraps to soak up any moisture and prevent any loose food waste from sticking to the bottom of the bin.
Alternate food scraps with a layer of leaves or lawn clippings to reduce odours and prevent flies form accessing food waste. Allow grass clippings to dry before placing them in the bin. Cut down oversized garden waste to ensure the lid of the bin can always be closed.
If a fly settles on your food waste it may lay eggs. Maggots only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to your rubbish.
A fly is more likely to lay eggs in your waste BEFORE it is placed in the bin. Therefore, it is important to keep your waste covered and place it in the bin as soon as possible.
Do not leave food waste exposed in the kitchen where it could attract flies.
Do not leave pet food out uncovered.
Ensure pet excrement is removed from your yard regularly and buried or placed in the red bin. Remember to bag or double-bag pet waste. Fly eggs may be laid in pet excrement before it is placed in the bin.
Gently squeeze the air out of compostable bags before placing them in the green bin and from plastic bags before placing in red bin. The lack of air can help slow the development of maggots.
Pay attention to tell-tale signs of vermin such as cockroaches or mice and take appropriate steps to ensure effective pest control in bin areas.
If you do have an incident of maggots, most will go when your bin is emptied, however it is also a good idea to clean and disinfect your bin once it has been emptied to kill eggs. Maggots and fly eggs can be killed with boiling water.
Eliminate maggots by putting salt or vinegar on them. There are products available for this purpose. Always read the label and use as directed.
Consider hanging insecticidal strips, available from hardware stores, inside your bin, or use fly spray or crawling insect powder. Fly spray will kill flies, but not work on maggots.
Spray the rim of the bins with insect surface spray.
Capture fruit flies with a bowl of apple cider vinegar covered with plastic wrap, with several small holes in the plastic.
Although maggots are unpleasant, they are not a health hazard.
So lots of tips for Perth’s bins this Spring and Summer, remember if you need them Super Clean you who to contact 🙂