How do I keep my curbside organics/green bin free of odours and flies?

Pests and odours can be kept to a minimum with regular emptying and cleaning of your green bin. Remember you are not making more organic waste than before, but only moving it into a different bin.

  • Start with lining your kitchen catcher with newspaper, which absorbs liquids, prevents odours and make it easier to clean. Learn how here.
  • You may also line your curbside green bin with a paper bag liner or a few sheets of newspaper
  • Cover any loose food scraps going into the bin with newspaper
  • Put your green bin away from fences and keep the lid down to prevent animals from climbing into your bin
  • Lemon juice, white vinegar, or baking soda and water are natural cleaners
  • Spray your bin with Effective Microorganisms (EM) which contain live microbes that produce a healthier microbial environment in your bin, keeping the bacteria and fungi that cause unpleasant odours in check
  • Consider the services of a commercial bin cleaner, for more information check out City Farmer
  • Consider composting on-site as an alternative to the curbside bin; focus on establishing a healthy composting ecosystem that can have minimal odour and can produce valuable compost. Bokashi systems and backyard digesters accept all types of food scraps making collection and disposal easy!

For more tips and information, contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

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