Seagull-proof bin bags trial in Porthleven
Residents in a Westcountry town are to be asked to trial new seagull-proof refuse sacks.
At their meeting, councillors in Porthleven identified a number of streets where the trial could take place.
Porthleven was chosen by Cornwall Council as one of five communities in the county to test the new bags.
If the feedback is positive after three months the thick, heavy bags will be made available to buy.
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Rubbish bags are placed into the new thick sacks which can then be sealed.
The idea is to prevent seagulls attacking much thinner "bin bags", leaving rubbish strewn across the streets, which has posed a problem for some time in both Porthleven and in nearby Helston.
Local Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis told town council colleagues on Thursday that the bags would be provided for trialling to individual householders, not on a communal basis.
The port will have 300 to hand out.
Cornwall Council will contact residents in the nominated area and then hand out the bags free of charge for the trial period.
Mr Wallis said that if successful, bags could be sold by councils for as little as £2.