Compost & Brown Bin Tips
Inside the House
- Place the kitchen container in a convenient and easily accessible location.
- Wash both containers with water and soap (the kitchen compost container is not dishwasher-proof).
- In the summer, put the brown bin out for weekly collection to minimize the appearance of maggots (small white grubs).
- In winter, put newspaper at the bottom of the bin or put compostable materials in a paper bag to avoid frozen materials remaining stuck.
- Sprinkle a little calcium hydroxide (lime) or baking soda in both bins (the large exterior bin and the kitchen bin).
- Freeze meat leftovers and put them in the bin on the day of collection.
White worms and fruit flies:
- Either freeze (see above) table leftovers (mainly meat, fish, fruit and corn cobs) or put them inside a securely attached newspaper, compostable bag, or brown paper bag.
- Maggots: sprinkle with salt or vinegar.
- Apply a little cough and congestion rubbing ointment around the vent holes of the bin.
Cleaning the bin:
- Rinse the empty bin with a bucket of water and white vinegar or mild detergent.
- To avoid this chore, you can place paper bags at the bottom of the bin.