Seagull solution for Carlisle is in the bag
Published at 11:12, Saturday, 21 September 2013
Seagulls which have wreaked havoc on the streets of Carlisle by ripping open plastic bin bags may be about to meet their match.
City council officials have finally revealed their new weapon in the city’s war on scavenging gulls – toughened black sacks.
They are being introduced as part of a shake-up of the city’s refuse collection services which officials hope will end once and for all the spectacle of litter left strewn on pavements after plastic rubbish sacks are raided by hungry seagulls.
Some residents will get wheelie bins to replace purple plastic sacks while other will get seagull-proof sacks.
Traditional rubbish bags are put inside the waterproof sacks, which can then be secured with a Velcro flap to keep the birds at bay. The new service will start later this year for residents in parts of Denton Holme, Currock and Stanwix.
The second stage of the shakeup will start in early 2014 in parts of Currock, Denton Holme, Caldewgate, Botchergate, the city centre, Newtown, Brampton, Stanwix and the Warwick Road area.
Assisted collections are available for elderly or disabled residents who need help putting their wheelie bin or seagull-proof bag out. Some people who get weekly collections will switch to fortnightly collections, but all will be sent a letter first.
A city council spokeswoman said: “We want to make our refuse collection service more efficient, reduce littering, improve the storage of waste and bring all collections in line with other provision within the city.”
The spokeswoman added: “We appreciate that some residents may be concerned about the switch from weekly to fortnightly collections.
“However, our alternate weekly collection scheme, first introduced in 2007, has proved to be a popular and successful collection system.
“Recent surveys have shown that the majority of our customers are now satisfied with the household waste collection and household recycling services we provide. These services are provided for as little as £52 per household per year.”
She said the seagull-proof sacks were a secure and effective way to collect non-recyclable household refuse.
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