IT’S that time of year when seagulls are most active, scavenging for food wherever they can find it.
Unfortunately, this means some residents wake up to the sight of ripped bin bags and rubbish strewn down the street on bin collection day.
While most Dorset residents have wheelie bins to keep their rubbish and recycling in, some households cannot accommodate these containers – usually because they have nowhere to store them or a safe place to leave them out for collection.
In these cases, Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) provides hard plastic boxes for recycling materials and blue plastic bags for rubbish. But, unfortunately for those who live in coastal areas, the bags are relatively easy for seagulls to get into.
While it is the householder’s responsibility to keep their waste contained securely between collections, in areas where these blue sacks are vulnerable to attack by gulls, residents may request a gull-proof bag in which to protect their rubbish on collection day.
These are reusable heavy-duty sacks that residents can put their blue bags into when putting their rubbish out for collection.
Dorset residents who put their rubbish out in blue sacks and live in an area susceptible to seagulls can request a free gull-proof bag from DWP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01305 221040.
Residents who do not have wheelie bins are also reminded that rubbish or recycling of any kind should never be put out in black bin bags as it will not be collected. The DWP also encourages residents to use the weekly food waste collection service, which will help keep food out of the rubbish making it less enticing to gulls and vermin.