Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Seagulls scavenging for food from litter bins is a problem witnessed in many coastal communities. Unsightly litter is strewn about pavements causing extra work for council employees. If the problem is not addressed, it helps creates an artificially high population and encourages further breeding pairs to take up residence in the area, raising public health or public safety concerns.
Leafield Environmental, in close cooperation with South Hams District Council, has addressed the issue by adding a new design “seagull flap” to its popular Pioneer litter bin. A flap based on the PVC strip curtain door principle and added to the 130 litre hooded bin, allows users to deposit even large waste items such as pizza boxes using just one hand.
“Seagulls were pulling rubbish out of the litterbins onto the street, which made a mess of the town and only encouraged more seagulls,” said Steve Mason, Cleansing Management Officer at South Hams District Council. “Unlike other manufacturers, Leafield Environmental listened and solved the problem. The integral flaps have proved 100% successful and will now be rolled out in Totnes, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Ivybridge”
Manufactured from corrosion resistant plastic and double skinned throughout for exceptional all-round strength, the Pioneer has a slam shut, front opening door with four-point latch for extra security and double apertures for easy access.
Until seagulls learn to pick locks, the Pioneer litter bin with seagull flaps will help keep seaside towns litter-free.