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Waste and recycling

Preventing bin problems

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

Kill any maggots in your bin by washing it with boiling water - but take care!

Keep flies away from your bin by using a cleaning product with a fragrance - please follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.

Alternatively, contact bin cleaning companies in York who can do this for you.

Clean waste collection points

To avoid issues caused by waste waiting to be collected (such as access, loose litter, and pests) do not put your waste out early.

Communal collection points and shared bin stores must be kept free from accumulations of loose waste; ensure all waste to be collected is presented in an appropriate bag, bin or container.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551