To prevent problems with your waste during the hot weather, take a look at our tips below.
- Always keep the lid of your bin down and if possible store it out of direct sunlight.
- Minimise food waste by planning ahead and not buying too much food. Barbecues are major
culprits for creating leftover food.
- Don't leave cooked food waste exposed in the kitchen where it could attract flies. Maggots can
appear within eight to 12 hours of eggs being laid by flies in warm weather. They'll only appear if
flies have been able to settle on uncovered food and lay their eggs.
- Don't leave cat or dog food out uncovered is this could also attract flies.
- Wrap food waste carefully before you put it in the bin.
- Squeeze the air out of bags used to contain food waste before they're tied and put in the bin.
The lack of air should slow down general decomposition, reduce smells and slow the
development of maggots.
- Put nappies, pet bedding and cat litter in bags and make sure they're tied tightly.
- Use newspaper or old carrier bags for wrapping. If food is thoroughly wrapped flies won't be
able to access it.
- Regularly clean out your bin to get rid of any residues using a strong disinfectant or diluted
bleach to kill off any germs, odours and flies.
- Use a wheelie bin liner, or pay for a professional bin cleaning service.
- Keep your recycling bins clean by rinsing out plastic packaging, tins and cans containing food
waste to avoid liquid building up in the bottom.