Follow these simple steps to prevent your bin from becoming smelly, especially during warm weather:

  • store your bin out of direct sunlight
  • keep your bin lid firmly closed
  • tie bin bags which contain food waste securely before placing them in your bin
  • compost your uncooked vegetable and fruit waste

Prevent pests getting in your bin

Follow our advice to stop pests (such as flies, cats and rats) getting in your bin:

  • keep your bin lid firmly closed
  • tie up rubbish bags securely
  • wrap all perishables, such as food waste
  • store your bin out of direct sunlight as the heat will increase smells which attract flies
  • clean out plastic bottles and cans for recycling to minimise smells that attract animals

Cleaning your bin

If there are maggots in your bin, most will be removed when emptied. You can kill any remaining maggots by washing your bin with boiling water - but take care!

You can also help keep flies away from your bin by using a cleaning product with a fragrance - please follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.

There are also bin cleaning companies in the York area that will do this job for you.

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