Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Seagulls have become a major problem in the UK tearing polythene bin bags open and scattering litter across roads. Not only does this affect residents, tourists and businesses but many waste collection services refuse to collect the scattered rubbish. With the spring and summer months seeing the arrival of the seagull breeding season, coastal areas will see a soar in the persistence of the animals attacking bin bags. Many local authorities have solved this issue by providing residents with seagull proof bags.
Many local authorities have given out the protective bags to residents for free with customized designs including logos, instructions, weighted rubber bases or ties to secure the bag in place and avoid bags and rubbish being dragged along the street. The protective waste bags are made from a strong 100% recyclable fabric which is impenetrable by seagulls and can hold up to six bags of waste. They also offer the benefit of taking up as little space as possible and can be folded away when not in use unlike a bin. The design of the flap top, velcro closing and tipping handle make protecting and disposing of your waste easy. Carlisle City Council has claimed that the bird proof bags have ‘cut litter’ on their streets.
Esther O'Bearagh from Cornwall Council’s waste and recycling department highlighted that plastic bin bags being torn open by seagulls was an issue "across the board" both in coastal and inland areas and that seagulls were the main culprits. A trial of the gull proof bags ran over a four week period and not only were Cornwall Council extremely happy with the results but waste collectors said there had been a marked decline in the amount of rubbish strewn across the streets and therefore reduced the time and cost it took to collect the rubbish. Supplied by Weir & Carmichael, the seagull sacks have now been rolled out to the residents of Cornwall providing a practical solution to a persistent problem.