Why clean my Wheelie Bins?

Lets think for a moment what we actually throw away in our wheelie bins and food caddies

Food Waste

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Pet Waste

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Nappies

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Used Tissues

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Vacuum Contents

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Takeaway Cartons

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This list goes on but along with the contents and the smell and bacteria it not very pleasant to think about 

Even when these items are bagged up the residue from any leakages can collect at the bottom of your wheelie bin and food caddy forming the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Especially after 2 or more weeks.

A dirty wheelie bin and food caddy can attract vermin, cause offensive odours, become infested with flies and maggots and rapidly become a health hazard right outside your home! 

Enterobacteriacea

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Can cause stomach upsets.
Danger threshold: 1 million.
Amount found: 200 million.

E.coli

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Some strains cause illness.
Danger threshold: Just 100-1,000 of one of the harmful bugs would be enough to cause serious illness.
Amount found: 430,000.

Yeasts

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Can be harmful and also causes food to rot.
Danger threshold: A level of 1,000 or lower is acceptable.
Amount found: 32 million.

Pseudomonas aerugino

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One million will cause excessive food spoilage.
Amount found: 69 million. A high amount for the sample size.
It indicates a high degree of food spoilage has occurred in the waste left rotting for almost two weeks.

Moulds

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Speeds up food rot and odour.
Danger threshold: A level of 1,000 or lower is acceptable.
Amount found: 20 million. Because there was a lot of food waste in the bin, mould was to be expected.
Not all moulds are harmful, but a considerable percentage of those found in the bin can cause illness.

Bacillus cereus

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Can cause vomiting.
Danger threshold: 1,500.
Amount found: 1,200.
Unlikely to be harmful to health unless they are ingested — could then cause food poisoning.

Staphylococcus aureus

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Known to cause stomach upsets.
Danger threshold: 1,000.
Amount found: 530.
Levels of this gut bacteria were not particularly high, but even so, contamination with the amount found could cause serious problems including food poisoning.

Clostridium Perfringens

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Causes similar sickness to salmonella,

 though not fatal.
Danger threshhold: 1000.
Amount found: 530.
Levels of this bacteria were not too high, but even so, the amount found could cause serious food poisoning.

A recent study in England

There have been many studies regarding the growth and development of bad bacteria in the households, however a recent study in England looked at the amount of bacteria that grows in and around the bin area – wheelie bins are the most dangerous items in the home when it comes to the breeding of harmful bacteria and viruses. Above shows you the amount of bacteria which develops in a Wheelie Bin after only 2 weeks.


What the Wheelie Bin contained:

Soiled nappies; vegetables and fruit; fish bones and skin; meat bones; newspaper; out-of-date creme fraiche; mushrooms; coffee grounds and a chicken carcass.


If you were to come into contact with Wheelie Bins containing this much bacteria and not practice proper hygiene, 

you would almost certainly become ill.


We think this may make you think twice about how often you clean your Wheelie Bin

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Ants

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Ants only come into your wheelie bins to look for food. 

They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, 

Flies

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The fly lays eggs, which turn into maggots. 

Sometimes, it may seem like the maggots appear from nowhere, but it's just that you didn't notice the fly

Maggots

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"Maggot" is another word for larva. After a pupal stage, maggots turn into flies.

Wasps

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Open bins will attract greedy wasps looking for a cheap, sweet meal. Keep you bins away from the house and make sure the lid is on properly.

Rats

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The most common species within the UK is the common or brown rat, which is physically strong, can jump up to three meters and can squeeze through a gap of less than 2.5 cm. Rats will seek out any environment that provides food, water and shelter.

Foxes

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The numbers of foxes living in an area is totally dependant on the availability of food. The more food there is the more foxes there will be. .