Tips for a Fresher Wheelie Bin

Darwin is a hot, humid city making perfect conditions for smelly bins and fly and pest breeding, especially in times of little or no rainfall.  You can try to incorporate some or all of our tips into your household routine to try to keep your bin as fresh as possible. 

Looking After Your Rubbish Bin

It is important to hose the bin out thoroughly at least once a month and ensure that the lid is always properly closed.

How to Avoid Flies

There are many things that we can do to help prevent flies being attracted to and breeding in garbage bins.

1. Freeze food scraps

Any food scraps that might get smelly quickly can be freezed and placed in the bin on your bin night. 

2. Wrap all meat, fish and dairy

All meat, fish and dairy waste should be wrapped effectively to exclude flies before placing into your garbage bin.

Newspaper works well for wrapping, so do plastics.

3. Place all waste in bags

Avoid placing loose waste into your red-lidded bins. Instead use bags or bin liners for your waste and make sure you can tie it up before placing into your bin. 

Double-bag any waste that may contain liquids or sharp items that may pierce the bag.

To keep things smelling fresh and control insects, you can purchase bin odour busters (eg Bin Buddies) from supermarkets. These can be used for indoor and outdoor bins.

4. Using Pesticide

There are some commercially available pesticide products that prevent flies breeding in your bin. These products have been approved Australia-wide for this specific use and are readily available from supermarkets.

Hanging a 'mini-strip' or similar product inside your bin will help ensure that flies are kept at bay. It should be replaced three or four times a year

5. Don't overfill your bin

Overfilling your bin means that the lid will not shut and pests, water any other nasties can get in more easily. Keeping the lid closed is a good way to avoid unwanted pests out of the bin.

6. Reduce Your Waste

Reducing your waste might sound hard but there are a few simple steps you can take that can make a big difference.

Recycle more

Think about the items you are throwing away. Can they be recycled? Our A-Z guide is a good way to find out how you can dispose of items and will help you to put things in the right bin.

Composting or Worm Farms

These items can be easily purchased from garden and hardware stores and are a great way to dispose of household food scraps. Not to mention the results, which are fantastic for your garden or veggie patch. 


Bins Inside Your Home

The easiest way to sort your rubbish from your recyclables is to separate as you go. Many people find it convenient to have two separate bins in their kitchen — one for recyclables and one for rubbish.

Your Kitchen Bin

In Darwin, a kitchen bin with a lid and a plastic liner is ideal for the temporary storage of rubbish.

It is important that this bin is emptied regularly into your red lidded bin and that food waste is not kept for too long. 

Tie all kitchen tidy liners with a knot before placing them in the garbage bin.

Your Kitchen Recycling

Do not use plastic liners in your kitchen recycling bin.

Rinse any items that previously contained food scraps

Collapse cartons and boxes.

Remember that everything that goes into the outdoor recycling bin should be clean, and plastic bags in any shape or form are a big no-no.