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help with rubbish management pls

hi guys
i need your experienced advise as I am clueless in regard of how to manage my rubbish.
Since the collection here in Bottmingen is on a weekly basis, I really need to understand how to manage the storage of my waste.
I have 4 separate bins (3 for recyclables and 1 for umid) but it is impossible to keep the last one inside because of the smell.
As a matter of fact we like to eat a lot of vegetable and fruit so the remainings go rotten very quickly due to the warm weather.
I have put the bin outside the balcony but it is becoming a meeting point for flies, spiders and other horrible insects, this is not pleasant at all as the balcony is just one square meter big.
I wonder how other people do as I don't see my neighbours keeping their rubbish outside and they take out very small bags on every thursday

any advice is really appreciated.

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Old 18.07.2012, 23:14
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Re: help with rubbish management pls

Does your apartment building have some kind of container where you can put the bag? At my place, we have a container so that we can take the bags out of the apartment when they are full (regardless of the day of the week). On Tuesdays (trash day here), my neighbor either puts the bags out in front of the building or simply rolls the entire container out (depending on how full it is).
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Does your apartment building have some kind of container where you can put the bag? At my place, we have a container so that we can take the bags out of the apartment when they are full (regardless of the day of the week). On Tuesdays (trash day here), my neighbor either puts the bags out in front of the building or simply rolls the entire container out (depending on how full it is).
no container unfortunately, everyone is taking out a bag and put it outside...
I'd like to ask how they manage it but i don't speak any german yet...
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I'm sure that some of your neighbors can speak English ... it's hard to find someone in Basel who doesn't!
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Re: help with rubbish management pls

Is there a rubbish disposal site nearby?

In my building, we have the containers for general household waste. But all recycling has to be taken down to the 'decheterie' and disposed of there.

At least that's what we're supposed to do... As I can't drive and it's too far away to walk, I don't actually do that, I give all my paper, plastic, glass, tins to my parents who have recycling containers outside their flat. Food waste goes into my general bin.
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I'd like to ask how they manage it
They either (a) have a fetish for fruit flies, (b) throw left over food down the toilet or (c) sneak out at night and dump their rubbish in public bins.

In reality they probably have a huge lunch at work, and spend the evening smoking.
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hi guys
i need your experienced advise as I am clueless in regard of how to manage my rubbish.
Since the collection here in Bottmingen is on a weekly basis, I really need to understand how to manage the storage of my waste.
I have 4 separate bins (3 for recyclables and 1 for umid) but it is impossible to keep the last one inside because of the smell.
As a matter of fact we like to eat a lot of vegetable and fruit so the remainings go rotten very quickly due to the warm weather.
I have put the bin outside the balcony but it is becoming a meeting point for flies, spiders and other horrible insects, this is not pleasant at all as the balcony is just one square meter big.
I wonder how other people do as I don't see my neighbours keeping their rubbish outside and they take out very small bags on every thursday

any advice is really appreciated.
We have a mullex garbage container, which is a fitted covered container that fits under the sink. That by itself keeps most of the smell down, but with too much fruit/veg waste, fruit flies gather. Then, gathering food waste from meals into a smaller separate bag and then throwing that away seems to be the way to go.
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hi guys
i need your experienced advise as I am clueless in regard of how to manage my rubbish.
Since the collection here in Bottmingen is on a weekly basis, I really need to understand how to manage the storage of my waste.
I have 4 separate bins (3 for recyclables and 1 for umid) but it is impossible to keep the last one inside because of the smell.
As a matter of fact we like to eat a lot of vegetable and fruit so the remainings go rotten very quickly due to the warm weather.
I have put the bin outside the balcony but it is becoming a meeting point for flies, spiders and other horrible insects, this is not pleasant at all as the balcony is just one square meter big.
I wonder how other people do as I don't see my neighbours keeping their rubbish outside and they take out very small bags on every thursday

any advice is really appreciated.
They put their rubbish on your balcony
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Re: help with rubbish management pls

I agree that only ones a week sucks!
We have the problem as well and when we eat fish or have something that we know is going to smell we put in a smalll bag and bring it to the closest bin. They empty these bins every day.
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They put their rubbish on your balcony
I did that when I lived in a flat and the neighbours below complained of maggots on their balcony. Solution: I purchased a bin that has a lid that fixes down, a bit like this one. All smelly food can go in a black bag in the outside bin.



Alternative buy these wee bags and put smelly stuff in and tie it up, it helps keep the stink away. CHF1.- for 100 I believe. They're great.



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Re: help with rubbish management pls

For kitchen waste I use an under the sink/on the balcony compost bin much like the ones linked here but with a carbon filter - the filter absorbs odors. (The German is usually 'Komposteimer mit Filter', btw.)

For instance:
http://www.manufactum.ch/komposteimer-filter-p1427817/

Line the compost bin with Compobags - biodegradeable bags, available at Coop and Migros in various sizes.

If your building doesn't have a communal compost bin for all residents to use, is there a community sponsored one in the area? Ask at the Gemeinde. If so, this is where you should take your compost.

(Or strike a deal with a neighbor who composts. Good compost is 'goldwert' to a gardener. )

If not, at least you can store your kitchen waste odor-free until you get rid of it in your regular waste disposal.
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Re: help with rubbish management pls

Already great advice regarding container with lid in balcony and individual bags.

When i lived in our apartment i had a large freezer so i would use the individual bags, freeze anything that would likely rot and smell and get it out into the "real" rubbish bags on collection day. I used this mostly in summer as our balcony had direct sun all afternoon, so it would be live rubbish after 24h if i was not careful.
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When i lived in our apartment i had a large freezer so i would use the individual bags, freeze anything that would likely rot and smell and get it out into the "real" rubbish bags on collection day. I used this mostly in summer as our balcony had direct sun all afternoon, so it would be live rubbish after 24h if i was not careful.
Isn't freezing your trash a bit decadent?
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Re: help with rubbish management pls

Not if you want to avoid a stink. We freeze chicken bones and fish remains to stop cats/foxes/crows etc. dragging the contents of the rubbish bag across the street.

Bottmingen does have a compost advisor. You could email her and ask if there are any communal heaps nearby?

http://www.bottmingen.ch/de/verwaltu...tail.php?i=193
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Isn't freezing your trash a bit decadent?
Call what you will. Inside it smelled bad, outside in the balcony in direct sun, it became a heaven for animals of the white kind(need i say more).

So freezing may have been anything you wish to call it, but was a means to an end that worked and therefore i am not ashamed of it as it kept my apartment smelling good and my balcony free of invaders.
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