Cornwall Council promotes seagull proof bags

Falmouth Packet: The ultimate answer to stopping seagull rubbish The ultimate answer to stopping seagull rubbish

With the nesting season currently underway Cornwall Council is reminding people that they can buy seagull proof sacks to help prevent seagulls ripping open unprotected rubbish bags and scattering the contents all over the place.

“Unfortunately, gulls and other birds and animals don't understand the systems operated by the human community to deal with its waste! Seagull Proof Sacks do what they say - they keep rubbish protected from gulls and are very helpful at this time of year when gulls and other animals are foraging to feed their young” said Bert Biscoe, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste.

“They are particularly useful in coastal and estuarial towns in preventing sometimes putrid rubbish from being scattered around streets and pavements on rubbish collection day.”

The seagull proof sacks hold around three black sacks of rubbish and have a weighted base, a secure Velcro fastening and a tie at the back to stop them blowing away after collection.

Seagull proof sacks are also available from some Town and Parish councils .

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8:44am Fri 23 May 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned.
Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 3

8:50am Fri 23 May 14

telstar1962 says...

And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it.

When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry.

EASY ?
And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it. When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry. EASY ? telstar1962
  • Score: 7

9:04am Fri 23 May 14

ElevenEleven says...

These sacks, where used, definitely work.

What a shame the other Falmouth councillors did not follow the lead of Candy Atherton and spend their community budget on funding these for their constituents.

This is an important issue, not just because of the rubbish which gets spread around but also because that rubbish then attracts gulls into the town which then mess all over the streets, buildings and cars.
These sacks, where used, definitely work. What a shame the other Falmouth councillors did not follow the lead of Candy Atherton and spend their community budget on funding these for their constituents. This is an important issue, not just because of the rubbish which gets spread around but also because that rubbish then attracts gulls into the town which then mess all over the streets, buildings and cars. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 4

7:02pm Fri 23 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned.
I think they are about £3 each.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned.[/p][/quote]I think they are about £3 each. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 3

7:16pm Fri 23 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

telstar1962 wrote:
And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it.

When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry.

EASY ?
Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin.

Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it. When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry. EASY ?[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin. Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 5

8:05pm Fri 23 May 14

ElevenEleven says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
telstar1962 wrote:
And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it.

When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry.

EASY ?
Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin.

Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles.
In many places the council will provide a wheelie bin free of charge, so I hardly think paying for a seagull proof sack should be out of the question.

Besides, we have had the current regime of people supposedly responsible for covering/protecting their own rubbish for years and it doesn't work!
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it. When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry. EASY ?[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin. Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles.[/p][/quote]In many places the council will provide a wheelie bin free of charge, so I hardly think paying for a seagull proof sack should be out of the question. Besides, we have had the current regime of people supposedly responsible for covering/protecting their own rubbish for years and it doesn't work! ElevenEleven
  • Score: 3

8:31pm Fri 23 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ElevenEleven wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
telstar1962 wrote:
And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it.

When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry.

EASY ?
Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin.

Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles.
In many places the council will provide a wheelie bin free of charge, so I hardly think paying for a seagull proof sack should be out of the question.

Besides, we have had the current regime of people supposedly responsible for covering/protecting their own rubbish for years and it doesn't work!
Very fair point about many councils providing wheelie bins, bearing in mind some councils receive more government funding than Cornwall. I also agree many people are not acting responsibly when putting their rubbish out, but it could be argued, they should be fined. If people continually drive at fifty in a thirty limit they risk a fine, the relevant authorities do not just give in and raise the speed limit to fifty because a minority are irresponsible.
I do however agree with you, it seems unfair for one councillor to provide free gull proof sacks for one area whilst other councillors do not when you are all paying the same precept council tax money. It would appear discriminatory. In fact I think the issue should be taken up.
[quote][p][bold]ElevenEleven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And why not go back to using old-fashioned bins. The rubbish should be deposited in black bin bags in a secure bin,with a lid on it. When they come to empty the bin, the operative should take the lid off the bin, take the black plastic bag out of the bin, and carefully replace the bin lid, after having deposited the black bag with its contents into the back of the lorry. EASY ?[/p][/quote]Completely agree with you, except I would rather they did not actually take the lid off mine completely as it is attached, I have a small wheelie bin. Whatever method anyone chooses, I just think it should be a socially responsible one. I do not think the council should be expected to bear the financial responsibility for the publics choice of residue waste receptacles.[/p][/quote]In many places the council will provide a wheelie bin free of charge, so I hardly think paying for a seagull proof sack should be out of the question. Besides, we have had the current regime of people supposedly responsible for covering/protecting their own rubbish for years and it doesn't work![/p][/quote]Very fair point about many councils providing wheelie bins, bearing in mind some councils receive more government funding than Cornwall. I also agree many people are not acting responsibly when putting their rubbish out, but it could be argued, they should be fined. If people continually drive at fifty in a thirty limit they risk a fine, the relevant authorities do not just give in and raise the speed limit to fifty because a minority are irresponsible. I do however agree with you, it seems unfair for one councillor to provide free gull proof sacks for one area whilst other councillors do not when you are all paying the same precept council tax money. It would appear discriminatory. In fact I think the issue should be taken up. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Fri 23 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
ronedgcumbe wrote:
Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned.
I think they are about £3 each.
£3.50 from one stop shops.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Would of been nice if the price of sack was. Mentioned.[/p][/quote]I think they are about £3 each.[/p][/quote]£3.50 from one stop shops. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Sat 24 May 14

Levener says...

We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.
We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year. Levener
  • Score: 7

6:11pm Sat 24 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Levener wrote:
We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.
The fact Porthleven has a very good Cornwall Councillor could be a contributory factor!
[quote][p][bold]Levener[/bold] wrote: We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.[/p][/quote]The fact Porthleven has a very good Cornwall Councillor could be a contributory factor! Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 1

7:59pm Sat 24 May 14

ElevenEleven says...

Levener wrote:
We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.
No, each Cornwall Councillor has a 'community budget' of a couple of thousand pounds per year (I think) to spend as they see fit.. Candy Atherton chose to spend hers on this project that will actually benefit the town and it's residents. Not sure where the rest of them spent theirs? :/

Ms. Atherton is not standing for MP next year, I believe Labour already selected their candidate.
[quote][p][bold]Levener[/bold] wrote: We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.[/p][/quote]No, each Cornwall Councillor has a 'community budget' of a couple of thousand pounds per year (I think) to spend as they see fit.. Candy Atherton chose to spend hers on this project that will actually benefit the town and it's residents. Not sure where the rest of them spent theirs? :/ Ms. Atherton is not standing for MP next year, I believe Labour already selected their candidate. ElevenEleven
  • Score: -5

8:02pm Sat 24 May 14

Levener says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
Levener wrote:
We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.
The fact Porthleven has a very good Cornwall Councillor could be a contributory factor!
Very true lol.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levener[/bold] wrote: We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.[/p][/quote]The fact Porthleven has a very good Cornwall Councillor could be a contributory factor![/p][/quote]Very true lol. Levener
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Sat 24 May 14

Levener says...

ElevenEleven wrote:
Levener wrote:
We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.
No, each Cornwall Councillor has a 'community budget' of a couple of thousand pounds per year (I think) to spend as they see fit.. Candy Atherton chose to spend hers on this project that will actually benefit the town and it's residents. Not sure where the rest of them spent theirs? :/

Ms. Atherton is not standing for MP next year, I believe Labour already selected their candidate.
Oh I see, perhaps you should approach your Cllr, and ask why he/she couldnt have done the same.
[quote][p][bold]ElevenEleven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Levener[/bold] wrote: We got free gull proof bags in Porthleven as a trial, don't know why Porthleven anymore than other coastal places such as Falmouth. Are you sure Candy Atherton didn't get them free as a trial? Or maybe she wants to make a mark and stand as MP again next year.[/p][/quote]No, each Cornwall Councillor has a 'community budget' of a couple of thousand pounds per year (I think) to spend as they see fit.. Candy Atherton chose to spend hers on this project that will actually benefit the town and it's residents. Not sure where the rest of them spent theirs? :/ Ms. Atherton is not standing for MP next year, I believe Labour already selected their candidate.[/p][/quote]Oh I see, perhaps you should approach your Cllr, and ask why he/she couldnt have done the same. Levener
  • Score: 4

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