Seagull-proof waste sacks get the thumbs up in Morecambe

A pilot scheme to stop seagulls leaving a trail of rubbish in the street on bin day has proved a success following the trialling of seagull-proof refuse storage sacks by householders and businesses in Morecambe.

In August this year, more than 100 sacks were issued to residential and commercial properties in the Poulton area of Morecambe which cannot accommodate the usual wheeled bins and still use a refuse bag collection service provided by the council. This included a number of businesses in the Queen Street area of the town who use the council’s trade waste service.

Having received positive feedback from those who took part in the trial and that the durable woven sacks are easy to use, can easily hold up to three bin bags at a time and are helping to reduce litter in the area, the council will be rolling the initiative out in phases to other areas of Morecambe.

The next area will be the West End and the council will be contacting all those residents who use the council’s orange bin bag collection service to arrange delivery.  

Residents in Lancaster using the bin bag collection service and who might benefit from the 'holding' sacks will be contacted early next year. 

Morecambe BID who part-funded the pilot scheme will be paying for a further 300 sacks to be provided to businesses in the town.

Businesses located in other areas of the district who might be experiencing similar problems with seagulls and other scavengers can order the special storage sacks from the council at a cost of £15 (inc VAT and delivery).  To order a bag you should contact the council’s Waste and Recycling Team tel. 01524 582481 or by email to 


Last updated: 06 November 2018