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Storing your waste

Follow these tips to store your waste and recycling until your collection day.

In the kitchen

Your caddy:

  • Transfer food waste into your silver food recycling caddy as soon as possible.
  • Keep the caddy lid closed when not in use.
  • Use compostable caddy liners (available from local stores on online) or small amounts of newspaper to line your caddy.
  • Clean your caddy regularly, particularly the lip and underside of the lid where flies may lay their eggs.
  • Store your caddy out of direct sunlight, if possible.
  • Order a new caddy if yours is broken or doesn’t shut properly.

Managing your food

  • Avoid preparing too much food. Visit Love Food Hate Waste for tips.
  • Cover food to avoid the smell attracting flies
  • If your pet(s) don’t finish their food, cover that up as well.

In your waste bin

Bin contents

  • Make sure there is no food waste in the bin – use your weekly food recycling service.
  • Rinse any food packaging that can’t be recycled, before putting it in the bin
  • Double wrap pet waste, unwanted pet food and nappies. Nappy solids should be emptied into the toilet. Consider using washable nappies.
  • Squeeze out as much air as you can from bin bags before sealing them tightly.

The bin

  • Hang insecticide strips, or use natural remedies such as Citronella or eucalyptus scented spray in your bin to deter flies.
  • Rinse your bin out regularly, particularly around the lid and underside of the lid where flies may lay their eggs.
  • Store your bin out of direct sunlight, if possible.
  • Ensure the bin lid is closed.

In your recycling bin

  • Rinse out food containers and food packaging, using left-over washing up water.
  • Ensure the bin lid is closed.
  • Order a new recycling bin if yours is broken or doesn’t shut properly.
  • Mark your recycling bin with your property name/number, so you can get your clean container back after each collection.