Seagulls and Black Bags
As the title says, seagulls and black bags. At this months meeting of Porthleven Town Council there was a discussion on Seagulls, black bags and the rubbish left all over the street after bin day. This is not the first time this has been brought up at the Council meeting, nor will I think be the last.
If I was a seagull I would not fly for hours endlessly looking for fish at sea if all you had to do is swoop down from your nest and open one of the many black bags to find a feast of food. Its sort of like the seagull equivalent of home delivery. You can hardly blame the seagull for doing this if we leave all our rubbish in black bags.
The Council thought how could it help solve this, they could buy everyone a bin, but that would just be far to expensive for the Council. They asked about Cornwall Council buying bins, but that issue is not going to be solved until 2013 when the new waste contracts for the whole of Cornwall are arranged and implemented. So that rules out that idea too. They thought of having a campaign to encourage everyone to go an buy a bin. I mean they are not that expensive, as you can pick up one for around £10-£15. It was felt that just by having a simple campaign would not really work because if it was that simple for people to buy them, then they would have already!
What was finally agreed on was to run a campaign over this issue, but the Council will be approaching a few suppliers asking if they would give a good discount on bins if they were included in the campaign.
This could be a way to do this, as it would be helping a local business and helping to solve this problem. It still might not work because you will still have to convince someone to go buy the bin even if its discounted! I guess there is no harm in trying though if it stops the mess left behind after collection day.
UPDATE: To all those who have mentioned Wheelie bins. If you read the post I mention bins, but state nothing can be done until the new waste contracts are signed in 2013. This is because the costs to CC to break the current ones would not be in the public interest, i.e. Cost just to much.
The Council can’t just go out and buy wheelie bins because its not written into the contracts of the contractors to mechanically lift all bins. Also, not all the contractors currently have trucks that have this facility.
That’s not to say in the future it won’t have them. We just have to wait till the contracts are up. We are still dealing with issues and contracts left over from the formation of the Unitary.