Waste Management Services (WMS) would like to advise the public on good bin management and their shared responsibility in reducing opportunities for fly and maggot infestation.

WMS is working on efficient processes to manage this problem, but domestic and commercial customers have a significant part to play in reducing maggots and flies – and these efforts will contribute towards improving the environment around bins.

Eight Tips for Improving Bin Hygiene

  • Keep the lid of the wheeled bin firmly closed at all times
  • Do not leave cooked food waste exposed in the bin where it will attract flies Maggots will only appear if flies have been able to settle on uncovered food and lay their eggs  
  • Squeeze the air out of food waste bags before they are tied and put in the bin. The lack of air should slow down general decomposition, reduce smells and slow the development of maggots
  • Rinse out plastic packaging, tins and cans containing food waste at the end of your daily washing up to minimise smells. It is the liquid at the base of a wheelie bin that attracts flies so to avoid this build up you can also place newspaper at the bottom of your waste bin
  • Tie all waste securely in plastic bags and double bag items such as meat, fish and nappies
  • Solids from disposable nappies should be emptied into the toilet before being double bagged and put in the bin
  • If possible, store your wheeled bin out of direct sunlight. This will slow general decomposition, reducing smells and slowing the development of maggots
  • Regularly clean the inside of the bin with a strong disinfectant or dilute bleach to kill bacteria and eggs



15 March 2016



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