PEOPLE are being offered some 'top tips' on how to keep their bin clean – after the hot weather led to complaints about the bins starting to smell and insect levels start to rise.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has issued the advice to people across the area in a bid to ensure that bins do not become 'smelly or unpleasant' as a result of the warmer weather this summer.
People are being offered a variety of methods to keep their grey and brown bins clean, as well as keeping maggots and a variety of insects at bay.
The top tips in terms of the grey bin include:
People should wrap their rubbish before putting it in the bin – this will mean that flies will not be able to access it;
The lid of any bin should always be kept closed to make sure animals and insects cannot get near to the waste;
Meat and fish should be double wrapped before being placed in the in, especially in the summer, or by putting in the grey bin one week and the brown bin the next; and
People should make a habit of cleaning wheelie bins out on a regular basis with anti-bacterial cleaner.
In terms of the brown bin, extra effort is needed to deter pests due to the amount of raw food waste placed to be disposed of.
Council chiefs have urged people to:
make sure that all vegetable peelings or tea bags are placed in a 100 per cent compostable liner to help absorb moisture; and
make sure that grass clippings are layered with other rubbish to reduce the smell.
More information about efforts to keep bins cleans and pests at bay is now available by visiting www.eaststaffbc.gov.uk or by calling 0800 269098.
The council is also making an effort to educate people across the borough to make sure smelly rubbish does not lead to an infestation of maggots.
Council chiefs are urging people to prevent the arrival of maggots and insects by ensuring that wheelie bins are cleaned out on a regular basis.
If people do find maggots in their bin, they can be removed by using bleach, boiling water and disinfectant.
More advice is also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org