Cornwall Council is celebrating a degree of success against the bothersome local seagull population after unveiling a new bin bag.

The council has been trialling the use of woven polypropylene and hessian sacks in place of regular bin bags to help stem the frequency of gull attacks against regular household and recycle bin rubbish.

According to, waste collectors in the county frequently come across rubbish strewn across local paths and roads – a situation that has been attributed mainly to seagulls over any other animal.

A total of 1,500 homes took part in the trial, across Porthleven, Looe, Newquay, Polperro and St Austell, over the course of three months.

Early signs from Cornwall Council about the effectiveness of the bags is reported to be “encouraging”.

The bags, which could cost about £3 each, measure 1.5 metres long (5ft) and 60cm wide (23in). They can hold up to three plastic bin bags and are secured using a Velcro-like fastener built into the top of the sack.

Environmental health officers and councillors in Cornwall were possibly inspired to try out the so-called ‘seagull-proof’ sacks after learning of successful implementations of the bags in other parts of the country. explains that seagull-proof bags became standard issue for residents of Thanet earlier this year if they didn’t have a proper wheeled bin. This situation also applies for residents in South Hams District Council, in South Devon, notes – a little closer to home for the Cornish council.

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