Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if my bins or boxes smell or I have problems with maggots?
During the warmer summer months it is more likely that householders will experience problems with maggots in both the refuse and recycling bins. In turn, this causes problems for the collection crews who handle the bins. With this in mind we would recommend that you apply the following guidelines to reduce the occurrence of maggots in your bins:
- If possible keep your bins/boxes out of direct sunlight and away from open doors
- Keep the bin lids shut at all times. If you notice flies, maggots or smells ensure your bin lid fits securely when it is closed
- If your bin is damaged in anyway please let the Council know immediately by telephoning Customer Services on 01536 410333
- Do not leave food waste, cat or dog food exposed in the home so that flies lay their eggs on it
- Wrap all food waste in old newspaper and then in plastic carrier bags or bin liners before disposing of it (Black bin only)
- Rinse all cans and bottles
- Squeeze any excess air from the bags before tying them
- Empty any solids from used disposable nappies into your WC before bagging
- Regularly clean and disinfect your bins
- Compost as much organic waste as possible
- Double bag dog and cat faeces (Black bin only)
- Add newspaper, card, straw or hedge clippings to loadsof grass to absorb smell
By following these tips any problems with maggots should greatly reduce.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Recycling Scheme in more detail please contact Customer Services on 01536 410333, or make an appointment to speak a Waste Officer by telephoning 01536 532448.
Last updated 07/03/2013
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