Storing waste in hot weather: the short guide

Hot weather waste storage

We’ve only had small glimpses of it so far, but summer is on the way. With that comes hot weather, and horrible smells coming from your business waste bin. If you want to get on top of your business waste in the summer months, you’re in the right place.

Why do warmer months make waste unbearable?

Hot weather makes waste decompose faster, especially in the case of organic waste or thrown away food. This creates a strong smell and attracts flies, which can make being around it uncomfortable for staff and customers alike.

This isn’t the only potential problem, as certain items fare better than others. Medical waste and chemicals can become toxic if left in sunlight, which risks endangering those in and around your business.

Here’s some of our tips for keeping your bins fresh for summer:

Clean your bins after collections

It should probably go without saying, but cleaning your bins regularly will prevent it from creating a bad odor. There are services who do this if you find it too repulsive, but a sponge/scourer and detergent will do the trick if you’re up to it. Detergents with a scent are better at repelling flies, and if there are maggots that have stayed behind after a collection, pouring boiling water or using a safe insecticide should do the trick.

Bag things up

After you’ve cleaned your bin, we’d recommend taking extra steps to prevent you from having to do it again too often. If you wrap your throwaway food in cling film before you dispose of it, it makes far less mess on the inside of your bins. If a bin bag bursts, there’s an extra layer of protection.

Use the right bins

Different waste decomposes at different rates. Food waste is the fastest, especially in warmer months, so we’d recommend getting a separate organic waste bin with more regular collection times. Medical waste can contaminate the whole bin, so this needs to be in a separate bin as well if your company creates it. If you’d like a quote on a hazardous, medical, food or other type of bin, you can speak to one of our consultants

Keep your bins as closed as possible

If you want to keep bugs and sunlight out of your bin, there’s no simpler way than making sure it’s fully sealed at all times. That’s why it's important not to completely overfill your bins too.

Keep it out of direct sunlight

Following on from the last point, keeping your bin in the shade for as many hours of the day as you can prevents decomposition of your waste. The sun warms up your bin, which makes the smell worse and attracts pests, so this is something you should work to avoid.

Use scented bags

These are a quite simple way to reduce the smell coming out of your waste. While they cost slightly more than regular bin bags, they also tend to be a higher quality too, so there’s less chance of them splitting.

Consider changing your indoor bin

If your workplace has a bin that doesn’t have a lid, or has one that doesn’t seal all the way, it can lead to flies finding a way into your waste. These flies like to lay eggs on food waste in hot weather, which hatch into maggots once in your outdoor bin. Not ideal.

Don’t leave things out

For the same reasons described above, it’s not a good idea to leave food uncovered on your counter/table for long periods of time. If you’re leaving food for later, keep it sealed, and when you’re done, wrap it back up and throw it away. If you’re eating something recyclable, cleaning it before throwing it out helps your blue bin smells less, while also making it much easier for recycling facilities to process your waste.

If you want some more information from an expert, to change provider, or organise more collections, you can speak to one of our consultants who will be more than happy to help.

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