Monday, 26 June 2017

Council Food Bin

When we started using these bins, our council gave us two. A small one for keeping indoors and a larger one for tipping it into and putting out for them to collect. They also gave us one roll of compostable bags to put the waste in. On their web site at the time, it stated you could buy more bags from them direct or wrap up your food in newspaper before putting into said outdoor bin.

Our small indoor one is where we put all out fresh waste and that goes onto our own compost heap when full, they are not getting their mitts on that precious stuff. The only thing that really goes into the outdoor bin, wrapped in newspaper for convenience, is raw meat gristle scraps, bones, citrus and onion. It is collected once a week but as we don't eat much meat, our bin probably goes out once a month.

The other day, I was walking around the village when the food waste disposal man was picking up the bins and transferring the contents into a large dustbin he was pulling around. No neat little packets or bags of food were falling out and the smell was dreadful, like something had died!

Instead, pure smelly liquid based contents slopped out. Poor man.

I can only assume that most of the bins are probably not washed out afterwards by their owners so carry on smelling. I assume that due to the filthiness of the bins themselves.


9 comments:

  1. When you get to the last of the bin bags for food waste we tie it on to the handle of the bin the council empty. They leave us with another roll of bags. North East Scotland.

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  2. Lucky you, we have to buy them hence us using newspaper.

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  3. We no longer get bags for anything and we don't have wheelie bins! You have to buy black bag yourself to put out your general rubbish in. So it doesn't surprise me that people put any kitchen waste straight it the bin. We never have food waste only kitchen peelings etc for the composter.

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  4. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them weren't full of maggots, which would also account for a terrible smell.

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  5. YUK, We watched our bin men tip the food bin into the main rubbish lorry, so we stopped using them and went back to bagging it and putting it in our black sack. It was only ever chicken bones as we composted veg peelings. And I used to wash out the little bin with bleach water so it never smelt.

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  6. That poor bin man! Love reading your posts, Frugal. I'd really like to get in touch with you about a possible writing opportunity if you'd be interested in chatting about it? Let me know if you'd like my email.

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    1. Thanks but no thanks Gemma. I write for my family and friends only.

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  7. We also get the little bags free (well paid for by our council tax) here in Cheshire.

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    1. Amazing how things differ around the country.

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