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How to stop your rubbish bin smelling and keep on top of the Rubbish/trash/garbage problem

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cartoon camel carrying two binsIn most areas of the UK we
have been lucky enough to have our household rubbish collected on a
weekly basis and, in some places, recycling boxes are supplied and
collected either weekly or fortnightly (every two weeks).  This
is, however, all about to change.  

A lot of us are now being advised that our
rubbish/trash/garbage (whatever you want to call it) will only be
collected every two weeks, alternately with our recycled material. They
say this is to encourage us all to recycle more as our landfill sites are
nearly full but cynics feel that cutting costs could be a factor in this

Many people are very concerned at the
effect these reduced collections will have on health and local environment
and, it is with this in mind and the fact that I received some suggestions
on how we can help reduce any adverse affects, that I have decided to add
this page to the site.  

M.Taylor, Middlesbrough
sent in the following –

Since the news fortnightly bin collections have come to fruition household bin smells have been a problem for everyone. Here are my top tips to stay on top of smelly household waste (especially over the hot summer months):

  • Avoid over filling bins and always try to keep the lid closed flat.
  • Avoid leaving leftover food exposed to flies before putting it into the bin.


cartoon fly
  • Double wrap kitchen and animal waste in re-used carrier bags or newspaper. Remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag.

  • Rinse all cans and bottles before placing in the bin ( or better still re-cycle them). 
  • Where possible keep your bin out of direct sunlight.
sun wearing sunglasses
  • Clean and disinfect your bin regularly with products like Zoflora
    Antibacterial Bin Freshening Gel. 

  • Clean up spillages around your bin straight away.
  • Remember to leave your bins in the correct position on the right day for collection. 
man emptying bin

Here are a couple of additional suggestions
of my own –

  • Sprinkling vinegar or bi-carbonate of soda
    (baking soda) into the bin will help reduce odour.

  • After the bin has been emptied, place some
    clean newspaper in the bottom which will absorb any moisture from the

Viccy Hall
kindly sent in this additional tip –

  • Put cat litter in the bottom of your bin
    to reduce the smell.

N.B. – this only
applies to general rubbish/trash not the recycling bin as the cat litter
could contaminate the recycling process.