Keeping Sandgate Tidy: Seagull Proof Sacks

Seagulls and bin bags don’t mix. Well, perhaps they do. Too well. For the seagull.

Following an approach by Sandgate Parish Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council have agreed to make available ‘seagull proof’ bags for residents in Sandgate that have a purple sack rubbish collection (ie no wheely bin). This will help prevent your rubbish being attacked by seagulls on collection day (which should make Sandgate High Street on a Wednesday a slightly less rubbish-strewn area – we hope!).

Any household that normally has their waste collected in bin bags can collect a FREE seagull proof bag from:

  • Sandgate Library (James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR) Friday 3rd April – 10am-12.30pm
  • Sandgate Farmers Market (Chichester Hall, 70 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR) Saturday 18th April – 10am-12.30pm

Sacks will also be available for collection from the Library from 3rd April. One per household – you will be asked to provide your residential address to collect a bag.

Please note that bags DO NOT replace purple sacks – you place your purple sacks IN the seagull proof bag.

How to use your seagull proof bag:

  • Please secure your sack outside your property before 7am on collection day;
  • Please place your purple bags inside your gull proof sack and make sure that the sack is securely closed to avoid the gulls attacking your waste;
  • Our waste crews will remove the purple bags from your gull proof sack on collection day;
  • Please take your bag in as soon as possible after collection, any gull proof sacks left out permanently will be removed and not replaced;
  • You may wish to number your sack so that it can be recognised as yours.