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Numerous towns around Cornwall have taken part in a seagull-proof rubbish bag trial and the results have so far been described as “encouraging”. The 1,500 homes involved in the trial have found the bags to be incredibly helpful.

The polypropylene and hessian sacks have been tested in homes in Looe, Newquay, Portleven, St Austell and Polperro for the past three months, with a significant decrease in the amount of strewn rubbish in the coastal towns. The sacks are 1.5m long and 60cm wide, with a Velcro style fastener at the top.

The success of the trial of the seagull-proof sacks means that they may be rolled out across the county, great news for those who have stayed in holiday cottages in Cornwall and have experienced the annoyance of pesky seagulls tearing open rubbish bags. As well as for domestic use, these sacks, which hold three regular plastic bin bags, could be used in public bins too.