This is the image that many of you conjur up in your mind when you think of a Brown bin, and in fact this may have been the reason you decided to return yours to your refuse collector in the past. I am happy to say that there is now no reason for a Brown bin to ever get to this state, now that you have Compostable liners available at low cost direct to your door to keep it clean.
We at Brown Bin Rescue have everything you need to ensure you never have to experience what this image portrays, and with the introduction of Pay by Weight from July 2015 every one needs to prepare to use their Brown bin. Managing your Brown bin is easy and very cost efficient as against just using your Black bin. From July County Councils will be very active in collecting data from refuse collectors on households that do not use a Brown bin, as it will be illegal to deposit cooked food into a Black bin from then on. In fact they are planning to issue FPN’s (fixed penalty notices) circa €45 to households that do not comply with the regulations, or are unable to prove how they have disposed of their waste.
So is it possible to use it and not have a stinking infested mess at your door?
Yes Brown Bin Rescue offer’s two systems.
- The first is just to line your Brown bin.
- The second is to line your Brown bin, and use our exclusive Italian Aerated kitchen caddy to assist you bringing food waste to your Brown bin, and stops odours acumulating in your kitchen.
So lets begin with just using your Brown Bin
It’s a mess now !
Well if it’s a mess now just request a bin wash on our home page, and we will have our Council approved bin wash partner contact you directly a great service for Brown Bin Rescue customers. (Offer only applies on East coast from Dublin to Monaghan)
Get some neighbours and friends interested and get an even cheaper deal.
How can it be kept clean
Lining your bin with our reduced cost highest quality Irish designed Compostable bag liners ensures that no solid waste will ever again come into contact, or stick to your bins walls, floor or false floor.
Will there be nasty odours?
If you put waste food openly into a lined or unlined bin there can be nasty odours over time, especially if it is left in a sunny area of your patio/ garden. Presenting it for collection every 2 weeks reduces the instance of nasty odour’s.
On Bin Day
The night before Bin Day tie the top of your Brown bin liner to ensure it gets tipped out of the bin when lifted by the truck. Failure to do this will cause the contents to only partially empty and so your left with further nasty odours for the next 2 weeks.
There will always be a small amount of nasty smelling liquid left in your Brown bin when using a Liner and even more so without a liner. This liquid is known as Leachate you just never noticed it before, where it was absorbed with the gunge at the base of the bin.
Are the bin Liners waterproof?
Yes the liners are waterproof. The Leachate found after the Liner is tipped has not leaked from the bag, but has condensated on the solid bin’s wall’s as the Liner breathes and then dripped to the bin’s floor. This is why the liner sticks to the inside walls of the Brown bin, as the solid bin traps the Leachate as it permeates through the bag as it breathes.
People often confuse this breathing feature with percieved breakdown of the liners, rest assured the liners only break down in compost heaps.
How do you deal with the Leachate?
Your first option is with a kettle of boiling water to carefully tilt the empty Brown bin with one hand, and slowly pour the boiling water down that side of the bin, repeating the action for all four sides. Any remaining water in the kettle can be poured directly onto the underside of the bin lid, and the remainder into the bin itself (see video). This will help to kill germs, and dilute the offending liquid in the base of the bin. Leave the water in the Brown bin with the lid closed until cold, and then fit a new compostable liner.The water will simply be emptied into the refuse truck the next time the bin is lifted.
Note! Remember to let the water cool down before putting in a new Compostable Liner.
Your second option in addittion to using the kettle of boiling water is to use our ‘Enviro Chem’ an environmentally friendly product from Nova-Q an established Irish distributor based in Dublin of environmentally friendly products for the Irish compost, sludge and waste water industry. It is not a masking agent or an air freshener it is an Odour Neutraliser developed to safely neutralise odours from any food, plant, or animal waste.It is a direct contact spray and so must be sprayed directly onto the source of the odour, and will not need further application until new waste is added.
Using your ‘Enviro Chem’ spray set to the single direction spray nozzle setting, spray it once or twice into the liquid in the bottom of the bin. Then set it to the wide spray setting, and sparingly spray it once or twice onto the bins walls also. All nasty odours will disappear in minutes, a chemical type smell will linger but its safe and not nasty.
Then simply put in a new Compostable bin liner again, and your set until the next Bin Day.
Note! ‘Enviro Chem’ is not a fly killer but we at Brown Bin Rescue in our own home trials, noticed a marked reduction in the amount of flies present after spraying. The big black ones that is, and Blue Bottles too not the small Fruit flies, they are always present especially with rotting fruit, and the Black ones are the nasty ones.
Note! ‘Enviro Chem’ is a contact spray so it must be applied directly to the items that are odorous or can become odorous. Apply ‘Enviro Chem’ sparingly to every new load placed in the Brown bin if depositing waste food directly into it. Also use in your kitchen caddy on strong odour foods such as fish and Enviro-Chem will keep these odours at bay.
Tip! Use ‘Enviro Chem’ in your black bin after tipping day if it’s got a nasty odour, use the wide spray nozzle setting..
Now to Brown Bin Rescue’s best option for you
This option is our preferred one for you to use, and has worked out best for us in our own, and friends home trials for just over a year.
The difference here is that you collect the food waste in the kitchen in a lined Aerated Caddy, saves you running out to the Brown bin after each time you eat, or have a family meal.
You now have a choice between Cornstarch and Paper bags for the Aerated kitchen caddy.
Paper bag video / Cornstarch liner / Aerated caddy video.
It’s a mess now
Well if it’s a mess now just request a bin wash on our home page, and we will have our Council approved bin wash partner contact you directly.(Available only on East coast from Dublin to Monaghan) Panda refuse collection also offer a similar service, so check with your refuse collector for info.
How can it be kept clean?
Lining your bin with our low cost highest quality Irish designed Compostable bag liners ensures that no solid waste will ever again come into contact, or stick to your bins walls, floor or false floor.
Do I still use my kitchen bin?
No. If you are using your kitchen bin even a split collection type for two types of waste to collect your food waste, you will notice it can become odorous very quickly. You then probably bring it through the house to deposit it into the Brown bin, returning to the kitchen sink to wash it out not a pleasant experience.
If you have a specialised recycling section built into your kitchen units, just remove one of the bin units and substitute it with the Aerated caddy.
If you are using Compostable liners in your solid kitchen bin you will also notice an odour when the lid is opened, so you throw out the bag because it smells not because its full. The internal walls of the bin will usually be damp too as the Compostable bag was breathing as it is supposed to do, but the solid bin stopped the air from getting to it, and so you get Leachate moisture and odours.
So what type of bin should I use?
Brown Bin Rescue sourced an Italian Aerated Caddy similar in appearance to a miniature clothes Wash Basket with lots of slots in it, with holes in its lid, and has a raised grooved floor. The Aerated Caddy enhances the breathability design of the Compostable bag, allowing it to breathe unrestricted so no nasty odours build up.
No moisture will ever appear on the floor of the caddy, as bags are water proof.
Caddy is easy to wash and leave to drip dry, if you feel the need to clean it.
As you do not have to deal with nasty odours anymore you can use the Compostable bag until it is full, so saving on discarding bags unnecessarily.
No more bending down to deposit food into the kitchen bin as our Aerated Caddy is small enough to be lifted by its handle, and placed beside where ever you are preparing food, or cleaning up after meals in your kitchen.
Maximising the 13L bags capacity
The GreenSax 13L Compostable Compostable bag’s collar turns down over the lip of the Aerated Caddy when fitted, so when the bag is filled to brim of the Caddy simply pull up the bag’s turned down collar, and about another 1L of capacity can then be filled. Its unique 4 tying ears allows the bag to be tied, without reducing any of its capacity, unlike other straight top cut brands on the market.
As your waste while in the Aerated Caddy was allowed to breathe it has a lower moisture content, however being unable to breathe when deposited in the Brown wheelie bin, the bag’s contents can become odorous, but not as much had it been used in a closed kitchen bin.
Spraying ‘Enviro Chem’ into the bags contents just at the top of the bag prior to closing it using the wide spray nozzle setting, will reduce developing odour’s.
When tied place the bag gently into the Brown bin keeping it upright. Keep your Brown bin in a cool area, and not in a sunny area of your patio/ garden. If you’re tight for space and the bin has to stay in a sunny part of your patio / garden, then shield it using gapped fencing panels to allow air in, and reduce its exposure to the sun. Presenting it for collection every 2 weeks reduces the instance of nasty odours.
Large lose waste
Bagging Food Waste in the kitchen with Brown Bin Rescue’s Aerated Caddy and liner is easy and time efficient. However large items of waste such as Pineapples or their leafy stem, Cabbage leaves, Turnip and Potato peelings, bruised and rotting fruit, and Fridge clean outs are better placed directly into the Lined Brown bin.
Then simply spray them with ‘Enviro Chem’, and any developing odours will be kept at bay.
On Bin Day
The night before Bin Day tie the top of your Brown bin liner to ensure it gets tipped out of the bin when lifted by the truck. Failure to do this can cause the contents to only partially empty, and so your left with further nasty odours for the next 2 weeks.
There will always be a small amount of nasty smelling liquid left in your Brown bin when using a Liner and more so without a liner. This liquid is known as Leachate you just never noticed it before when it was absorbed with the gunge at the base of the bin.
So how do I deal with the Leachate?
Using Brown Bin Rescue’s sourced ‘Enviro Chem’ spray distributed by Nova – Q set to the single direction spray nozzle setting, spray it once or twice into the liquid in the bottom of the bin.
Then set it to the wide spray setting,and sparingly spray it once or twice onto the bins walls also. All nasty odours will disappear in seconds, a chemical type smell will linger but its safe and not nasty. Then simply put in a new Compostable bin liner again, and your set until the next Bin Day.
Kettle of Boiling Hot water. (See Video)
If you dont have the spray you can also deal with the Leachate by using a Kettle of Boiling Hot Water. As soon as the Brown Bin has been emptied simply pull the bin towards you at an angle and carefully pur the boiling water down the 4 walls of the bin. Give the bin a good shake, close the lid and leave until the water goes cold. The boiling water will kill most of the germs, dilute the Leachate liquid, then leave the water in the bin dont empty it out as this leachate is very useful in the composting facility. Now when the water is cold simply put in a new liner, yes on top of the water as the water when cold will not cause the liner to break down. Next time the truck comes to collect your bin the contents and the liner will tipp into the truck, and you are left with a clean and odour free Brown bin.
This useful video demonstrates the above but it is intended for households that do not have garden waste, or children likely to throw lose food items into the Brown bin as they pass it. These households just bag the food waste in the kitchen and deposit it into the Brown bin for collection.
Using your Brown Bin in this way will ensure no mess in your kitchen or your Brown bin and No Nasty Odours either.
Brown Bin Rescue wishes you every success using our home tested products for your Green & Food Waste separation and storage.
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