Household Waste - Green bin
Your Green Bin is used to deal with any waste that is produced by each household that is not recyclable. Anything within the Green Bin when collected will be sent directly to a landfill site to be buried in the ground.
Waste such as plastic that is sent to landfill can take more than 1000 years to decompose naturally and it is therefore vital to make sure all recyclable waste is either placed in your blue bin, taken to a Council 'bring site' or household waste and recycling facility.
The green bin collection service is run in conjunction with our recyclable waste collection. They are collected on an alternate weekly basis to ensure all household waste is collected effectively.
Please bag all waste, especially food and kitchen waste, to reduce the occurrence of flies and maggots within the bin.
Remember, the less waste that is put in your green bin, the better it is for the environment. If you would like more information on what materials can be recycled, please see our recycling bin pages.
What can I put in my green bin?
- Small amounts of bagged animal or pet waste
- Bagged disposable nappies and sanitary products
- Cool ashes from fires
- Polystyrene, food trays and packaging
- Used kitchen roll and tissues
- Bagged food waste
What can't I put in my green bin?
- Recyclable items (paper, card, tins, cans, plastic bottles and plastic yoghurt pots)
- Garden waste (twigs, small branches, grass cuttings, leaves)
- Bricks and rubble
Maggot prevention guide
To avoid the growth of maggot in your wheelie bin during the hot weather we have put together the following advice.
- Double bag food waste such as meat and bones, this will help to reduce the smell and stop the flies.
- Make sure the bags you put your waste in are tied securely, with no holes.
- If your household produces nappies as waste make sure they are double bagged securely before going in your green bin.
- Rinse polystyrene food trays, and other food packaging that cannot be recycled.
- Keep the bin lid shut, if it's broken and does not shut call Mansfield District Council on 01623 463463 to arrange a replacement bin.
- If possible store your bin away from direct sunlight.
- Hang insecticide strips inside your bin to control files, should they get in.
- For those people who prefer a natural remedy use Citronella (used in the garden to discourage mosquitoes), eucalyptus scented spray or oil, this will discourage the flies as they do not like the smell.
- You can also buy charcoal filters which prevent some of the odour.
In the kitchen make sure you have a bin with a sealable lid and kitchen bin liners this will prevent any flies entering your waste before going to the green bin.
How to get rid of maggots
- There are many bin cleaning companies you can contact if you do not want to clean your bin yourself.
- If you do get maggots before your collection day pour a small amount of warm bleach solution over your waste in the green bin.
Once your bin is empty maggots and fly eggs can be killed with boiling water, if you also use good household bleach this will clean your bin and discourage flies as the fragrance deters them
Bins presented for collection with the lid open i.e. additional waste placed in the bin causing the lid to be propped open, will not be emptied. Similarly, extra bags of waste placed beside bins will not be collected. Please be aware that it is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit 'controlled waste' on the highway or any public space.
Enforcement action may be taken if waste is placed at the side of the wheeled bin.
Please do not overload your wheeled bins. Overloaded wheeled bins will not be collected. Householders may be liable for injury to collection operatives caused by the attempted emptying of overloaded bins.
This policy has been adopted to reduce health and safety risks for collection operatives. All waste must be contained in the wheeled bin with a closed lid.
Removing bins from the pavement
Wheeled bins left on pavements can cause obstructions to members of the public (e.g. wheelchair users, parents with prams, mobility scooter users, and the partially sighted).
To reduce potential obstructions caused by wheeled bins, please present the wheeled bin for collection by 6.30am on the day of collection. Please return the wheeled bins to the property as soon as possible following collection and no later than 12.00 the day after collection.
Anyone who does not remove their wheeled bin from the pavement by 12.00 noon on the day after collection are committing an offence under Sections 46 and 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and could be subject to enforcement action.