Maggots visit my Green Bin

Maggots -where are they?

During this Summer , which has been so busy, I had an unpleasant visit from maggots in my Green Waste Bin.

This bin is for Kitchen and Garden waste. My local Authority has a Website on which it says “You can recycle most kitchen waste, including: meat, fish, fruit,  vegetables, cheese, eggs, bread, pastries, uneaten food from plates,tea bags and coffee grounds.

So I do put all those items in plus garden waste, which basically consists of  weeds, some grass and leaves. In other words a good mixture! In the heat the food, if it has had flies near it, tends to encourage maggots! This particular week the heat was intense and I had left some food out by mistake including some raw beef. Naturally all went into the bin.

Fortunately this was eaten!

When I returned home on the day of bin collection I discovered it had not been collected. My conversation with the council was that they found a contaminant in it. “I know there are maggots” I said. No, I was informed that it was not the maggots but something else I had put in. So I explained the above had been put in. “Oh no you must NOT put raw meat in, that will contaminate the bin.  No No, you cannot put raw meat in.” Slightly confused I suggested that it would be wrong to put Steak Tartar in then? “Oh yes you can, that is different if it comes off the plate.”  I just thought there is little point in arguing.

Which Bin?

I was then informed that the lorries were equipped with  sophisticated technology to detect what was going onto the lorry.  “So where do I put raw meat?”  The reply came quick and sharp “In your black bin. You can put anything into your Black Bin.”

Just a minute! I thought the whole idea was to separate the wet waste from landfill. Who am I to argue?

The next day I called the Local Authority again. This time I asked why they indicate, on their website, that all food waste, except red meat bones, should go into the Green Bin?  “That is correct.  All food waste goes into the Green Bin”   came the reply. I then give details of  the conversation I had had the day before. “Of course raw meat can go in”.  “But I was told  the Waste Technician had detected contamination. What could it be? ” We went through everything and finally came up with the fact that perhaps a dog poo had been thrown in by mistake. That was it!  I then said that I was very impressed with their sophisticated technology to detect that. ” What do you mean? We don’t have any technology to detect anything” she said. By this time I was totally confused. No matter. There was no way they were going to empty my bin. The only way I could deal with it was to burn the whole content of the last two weeks! The smell was horrendous!! I found no evidence of dog poos but hey ho I could not be certain about that.

The Green Cone

So what should I do with my dog poos? Well this made me laugh! She told me about a product, which I had introduced to this country from Canada in 1990!! Sadly through it I lost a fortune! Local authorities failed to encourage people to use any form of segregation of food waste at that time! This product took all food waste including dog poos! It worked so well and did not need collecting. But the decision makers were not interested!

On my walks I have asked where the dog owners put their dogs’ poos. Some say the Green Bin others say Black Bin and some say down the drain in the street!

The question I have is that if it is imperative that animal faeces do not enter the composting material in Green Bins. How is it that so many people are still putting it in and are not being detected? It just does not make sense! I am convinced it was the awful maggots that frightened the bin people! Nothing to do with segregation of waste!

I enjoy uncollected waste!

“Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” 

G.K Chesterton

Short tubes waste those creams!

Toothpaste and Lipstick designed to be wasted?

“Be warned young man! You are about to marry the most extravagant  girl I know!” This was the advice my father gave my husband in 1965!  Until his dying day hubby tried very hard to teach me to be careful with my toothpaste. He neatly squeezed his tube (yes within a week we agreed a separate tube each!)  from the bottom and I just made a mess and squeezed from the middle! That continued until he died nearly fifty years later! Then for some unknown reason the very next morning, after his passing, I started to work the tube  his way! Please, someone, explain why?!

This morning I realized that toothpaste manufactures are successful in making us waste much. The tops are so difficult to click  back on. Every morning I have to knock the hardened bit off and send it down the drain. Back to my bedroom for some body lotion when the pump failed! The tube in the bottle is about half an inch short of the bottom! So I unscrew the top, shake the cream and catch some with the the plastic tube in order to eek out more! At the same time some is dropped on the carpet! Then my face primer, to fill the cracks! That, too, has a short tube and has been opened and scraped for the last two weeks.

The tube stops at half way in this perfume bottle!
So much left and unable to be pumped.

Lipstick is designed to appear finished long before it is, by the shape of the metal holder. So now I use a little brush to make sure it is all used before the bin beckons. The beautiful perfume, which was a Christmas present, has stopped spraying half way through. The pipe is far too short!

This is so hard to squeeze once half empty!

Finally to the laundry. How many find it hard to squeeze the last four or five washes worth of the detergent? My hands just cannot cope with the pressure required  to extract every bit. So the top comes off and quite a saving can be achieved with difficulty! Interestingly washing powder is back in boxes. I intend using that again!

We all joke about Colman’s mustard making so much money because within a day of mixing the powder it all goes solid. I fear they have set business an example we consumers are prepared to accept?! Now Colman’s have also offered us the choice of ready made in a jar or the wasteful type. At last that makes more sense!

Have a great week.


“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”

Victor Hugo