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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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Gull-proof bin bags for Carlisle houses

Thousands of households should now have special sacks to stop scavenging seagulls causing massive mess.

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Carlisle City Council has delivered gull-proof sacks that its leaders hope will keep the streets cleaner.

They will replace the purple bag system used by 3,755 homes across the city.

Supporters hope the switch will bring to an end problems with seagulls and other animals ripping open rubbish bags and spreading debris across the streets.

Collections using the new sacks start tomorrow.

Rolling out the gull sacks, a move approved by councillors last year, is the latest phase in a programme to revamp rubbish collections in the Carlisle district.

It has already seen 1,406 households changing from purple sacks to wheeled bins and another 163 changing to another type of bin.

People have already given a positive response to the change, hoping it will enhance efforts to clean up Carlisle’s streets.

The council has spent £69,539 buying additional wheelie bins and gull sacks as part of the scheme.

The purple sacks system was described by council leaders as a “gull takeaway”.

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