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Keep Your Green Bin Clean

Tips for Keeping Organic Waste Recycling Containers Clean and Reduce Potential Odors

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Always keep the lid closed.

If possible, keep your container in a shaded area.

If serviced by a private waste hauler, lock organic waste recycling containers to prevent contamination and access from potential pests.

If possible, delay adding food scraps to the outdoor container until collection day, freeze or refrigerate until pick up day.

Wrap leftover food in newspaper, paper bag or other food-soiled paper products.

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on top of organic waste if you notice odors.

Line the bottom of your outdoor container with newspaper, a paper bag or yard waste to absorb excess moisture and prevent food from sticking to the bottom.

After collection, brush out anything remaining inside the green bin and rinse with water over a landscaped area to remove residue. Pour dirty water onto your lawn and not the street drain. It is illegal to discharge pollutants from waste carts and dumpsters such as trash, food scraps or liquid waste into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.

Hire an optional private container cleaning service. Find local service providers at WasteFreeSD by searching for "Bin Cleaning Service."

Drain liquid from very wet food scraps before placing it the green bin.