Council trials seagull-proof bag initiative

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 July 2019

A seagull-proof bag initiative is being introduced in a Somerset town.Picture: Burnham and Highbridge Town Council

A seagull-proof bag initiative is being introduced in a Somerset town.Picture: Burnham and Highbridge Town Council

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council

A council is trialling seagull-proof bags to stop birds pecking plastic sacks apart and spreading rubbish across a town's streets.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council admits it has problems associated with both towns' gull populations, which it is taking action to address.

The council has sourced 20 gull-proof rubbish bags from Somerset Waste Partnership, which can be used as part of its trial.

The bags are made from a heavy-duty, gull-proof material and will hold up to four rubbish sacks ready for the towns' fortnightly waste collections.

People can collect a free bag if they are unable to keep a black wheelie bin at their home due to lack of storage space.

One bag per household will be given to those who apply for it on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The trial's performance feedback will be sought in March 2020.

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