Residential Waste Removal: Three Tips for Minimising Bin Odours

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Residential Waste Removal: Three Tips for Minimising Bin Odours

27 May 2021
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If you have noticed an unpleasant odour emanating from your garbage bin, improve your waste management practices. In general, bad smells develop due to materials like leftover or spoilt food, liquid residues and plant pieces like weeds and cut grass. Unfortunately, these forms of rubbish are unavoidable in residential places. If you are struggling with garbage odours in your home, consider the below tips to manage the problem.

Plan for Regular Waste Removal

Regular waste removal is crucial for preventing bad odours in your home. Often, garbage smells because the trash is left in the bin for too long. Avoid this problem by ensuring the disposal on every collection day, even when the bin is not full. Alternatively, set aside a bin for placing the green waste in your home. You can empty the rubbish prone to decomposing and smell more frequently. If you are conducting a major home improvement project with plenty of green waste like gardening or landscaping, discuss the most appropriate collection period with your waste removal company to avoid onsite rotting.

Manage Putrefying Waste

Better handling of putrefying materials in your home could prevent bin odours. The most common putrefying items are spoilt leftovers and residue foods like bones. Often, homeowners discard the materials directly into the bin without consideration of the timeline for waste collection. If you leave these forms of rubbish in a bin, they will stink up the property in a few days. Therefore, consider placing these in containers and placing them in the freezer. Then, dispose of the food on collection day before putting the trash out.

Use Odour Control Products

Proper cleaning of the bin after waste collection for disposal is effective for managing odours. Most household detergents will wash away the odour-causing residues and microorganisms in the container. However, some strong odours can settle into the bin material, leaving an unpleasant whiff in the air. This residue necessitates thorough cleaning for complete odour removal. Avoid this maintenance inconvenience by using odour control products. For example, cat litter at the bottom of the trash bag will absorb potentially smelly liquids. Sprinkling baking powder in the rubbish is also beneficial. If you are using a skip bin or other rental container, consult the waste removal company before using any odour control product.

Finally, keep the garbage bin lid closed. This practice will minimise the unpleasant smells and pests. When renting a waste container for general or green waste, ensure it comes with a compatible lid for closure.