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Original post made by little m on Oct 18, 2009

The new recycling program is in full swing and so are the flies that hover around my food recycling container. A swarthy smell in the backyard started emanating from the can, flies hovering like the birthplace of Beelzebub ... not all ideas are good ones. In fact, some of them downright stink.

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

Did somebody say Beelzebud? Whoa...are you the devil?

Posted by little m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Help me out here cholo ... don't you think that some of our modern theories designed to save our world are actually destroying it??? Examples: antibiotics creating super-bugs, materialism creating poverty, Obama bashing as a means of finding fault with distraught values ... cholo ... this is your moment of glory.

Posted by little m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2009 at 3:13 pm

In other words, the garbage can stinks and brings flies ... I'm not sure this is a good thing. Hey what do I know???

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Web Link The answer to your prayers! As for the flies, I've given it some serious thought. First, find an old cow paddy. Place the patty in the middle of the street and PING! flies begone...

Posted by Dave, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I have used this local company for over 6 months and plan on continuing to do so - Great job!

Web Link

Posted by toni, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 19, 2009 at 8:10 am

Sprinkle bleach in the container. Works everytime!

Posted by T, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

If you can cover it with some newspaper, or yard waste it should help a bit. I cover mine with leaves and such to help keep the smell down. Try to keep the can outta the sun. With winter nearing the smell should not be strong and the flies will go away.

Posted by jg, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:19 am

jg is a registered user.

I'm not sure what the recycling program has to do with the problem with flies. If you threw the same garbage into the old trash container would'nt it still attract the same flies if it stunk that bad? Regardless, if this is going into the green can then just bury it under some leaves or grass and then the flies won't even know it's there.

Posted by PtownW, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:29 am

Simple solution: give all food and drink containers a quick rinse with water before tossing, this will get rid of the rotting smell and thus the flies. Also, spray your can w/ a bleach based cleaner on a regular basis. Been doing this for years and have never had a problem w/ flies. Hope it helps$

Posted by jg, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Oct 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

jg is a registered user.

I find it amazing that there is actually a company out there whose sole business is cleaning trash cans. With the cost of gas, water and labor only going up this type of business can't last too long, and add to that the pollution and waste of gas from them driving around. I just can't imagine that very many people would pay for this when it takes a couple minutes and a hose (and maybe a bit of bleach) to rinse out a garbage can.

Posted by little m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Love the bleach idea ... cheap, easy to do and sounds like it will work just fine.

Posted by contessa of birdland, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

ok this is your answer to the garbage problemo if you use granulated dishwasher soap sprinkle some on the bottom of can and on the top also any powdered detergent will work you can also wrap the garbage in newspaper and a plastic bag freeze it till garbage night e fini !

Posted by Susan, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Oct 20, 2009 at 7:20 am

Like the newspaper idea, a tip in the last mailing has saved me lots of trouble. My dog used to tip over the compost/green can to get at anything edible. I called looking for a lock for the top, but none exists.

There was a mailer suggestion to place 1/2 gallon milk cartons in the freezer, with the top chopped off. Now I just slide the food scraps, coffee grounds, etc. into the open carton and leave in the freezer door until the garbage day. Works great, less decomposition on my sideyard.

Plastic is prohibited in the compost/green can, so remove the plastic pour spout if there is one.

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