Wheeled bin hygiene advice

Keep your bins `wheelie' clean this summer!

It is important to ensure that household waste is disposed of correctly throughout the year, responsibility for doing this lies with the individual householder. Your waste and recycling containers and your food waste container are designed to safely accommodate your household waste until your containers are emptied - by following these simple hygiene practices, you will be able to keep your bin clean and whiff-free!

Studies funded by Defra and carried out by Enviros Consulting Ltd and Cranfield University indicate alternate weekly household collections are not a risk to public health.

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Maggots…

The life cycle of a fly is made up of four stages; egg, larva (maggot), pupa and adult (fly). The length of this cycle is variable. In high temperatures developing from egg to larva can take as little as 8-16 hours. Flies are also vulnerable to changing weather conditions, a small increase in temperature can lead to a rapid growth in the density of the housefly population.

Flies are attracted to odours and will lay their eggs in moist or decomposing material. They are especially attracted to materials with high protein content such as meat and fish.

The majority of maggots that are found in wheeled bins usually originate in the kitchen. Eggs are laid on food that has been left uncovered, and this waste is then transferred to your silver kitchen caddy or green food waste collection bin where the eggs then hatch into maggots. The best method of controlling the fly population is to break the breeding cycle by limiting the areas where they may lay eggs.

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In the kitchen…

  • Do not dispose of food waste in your black wheeled bin - this is collected fortnightly, whereas your green food waste container is collected weekly.

  • Put extra food waste into your silver kitchen caddy as soon as possible to avoid flies landing and laying eggs.

  • Wrap meat and fish items in newspaper before placing into your silver kitchen caddy. This will slow down decomposition and prevent odours from escaping.

  • Ensure you keep the lid of your silver kitchen caddy closed to avoid flies being able to enter the bin and lay eggs.

  • Line your silver kitchen caddy with compostable liners or newspaper - this will prevent food waste from sticking to the sides of your containers and help contain any odours.

  • Use of fly paper / insecticides may help to reduce any fly problem. Please use sprays in a well ventilated area and according to the product instructions.

  • Chopping scrap food waste before placing it in your silver kitchen caddy encourages the material to break down and decay more quickly. By not chopping down this waste you will reduce the number of flies attracted to your container.

  • Try to avoid buying too much food during your weekly shop. This will save you money and also reduce the amount you throw away.

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Disposing of liquids…

  • Dispose of liquid / very sloppy food waste via the sink. This will prevent moisture occurring in your food waste containers and help control fly infestations.

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Recycling…

  • Rinse out packaging such as plastic bottles and tins to be put in the recycling bin and non-recyclable containers for the black waste bin. This can be done at the end of the washing up and will remove any stuck food residues.

  • Recycle as much as possible and use your food waste container for left-over cooked and un-cooked food. Reducing the amount of waste will prevent maggots.

  • Excess recyclable materials listed for collection in the recycling bin will be removed if your blue-lidded bin is full. The excess materials must be in a suitable alternative container such as a carrier bag. If you regularly put out excess recyclable materials, you can purchase an additional recycling bin.

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Composting…

  • As a Woking resident you are entitled to purchase a home composter, wormery or kitchen composter at a subsidised rate. This is the best way to recycle uncooked vegetable waste. For more information visit www.woking.getcomposting.com or telephone 0845 130 6090.

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If you have young children…

  • Dispose of solid waste from nappies down the toilet and double-bag nappies before putting them in your black wheeled bin.

  • Re-usable nappies are washable, eco-friendly and would reduce the amount of waste going into your black wheeled bin.

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With pets…

  • Do not leave pet food uncovered; flies will be attracted to this and lay eggs.

  • When disposing of pet waste, double-bag to prevent odour and moisture from escaping and place into your black wheeled bin.

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Your wheelie bins and food waste containers…

  • Keep the lids of your containers closed at all times, and keep the handle of your food waste container in the locked position.

  • Place newspaper in the bottom of your wheeled bins and green food waste container - this will prevent waste sticking to the bottom of your bins and soak up any moisture.

  • Refuse that will not fit into your black wheeled bin or green food waste container should be taken to one of the Community Recycling Centres at either Martyrs Lane or Slyfield. Bags placed beside the black bin will not be collected.

  • If possible, store all wheeled bins out of direct sunlight. This will help to reduce smells and help prevent flies being attracted to your waste. Also try to keep the bin away from your boundary with your neighbours to avoid a possible nuisance.

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If you have sacks…

  • Once your sacks are full, tie securely to prevent flies entering the bag. Following the advice above will also significantly reduce the possibility of getting maggots as the temperature rises.

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If you do get maggots…

  • Tips the contents of the bin into a plastic sacks and knot or seal tightly.

  • Place the plastic sack into your black wheeled bin ready for the next collection. The maggots should not be able to escape.

  • Disinfect your bin with strong smelling disinfectant and hot water.

  • Number your wheeled bins and green food waste collection bin to ensure you get your clean bin back after your collections.

Following the advice provided should be sufficient to prevent any reoccurrence.