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New waste lorries remind people not to feed gulls

Cllr Andy Stafford (right), Chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee, and Alex Parry, City Council Technical Officer, with one of the two new 26-tonne waste lorries carrying the gulls design. Cllr Andy Stafford (right), Chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee, and Alex Parry, City Council Technical Officer, with one of the two new 26-tonne waste lorries carrying the gulls design.

Worcester residents and visitors will now be seeing regular reminders of how they can help control the number of gulls in the city, with two new waste lorries displaying 3.4-metre signs asking them to dispose of waste food properly.

The display on the side of the two 26-tonne vehicles say, "Feed the bins, not the gulls", to encourage people to make sure food waste is put in the city's litter bins properly, so that gulls can't then pull it out and eat it.

Councillor Andy Stafford, Chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Committee, said: "The City Council is working had to control the numbers of gulls in our city, but we can all do our bit to reduce the problems caused by these birds.

"Hopefully when people see these new waste lorries making their way through Worcester's streets it will remind them to make sure they're not accidentally feeding the gulls."

The two new waste lorries are the latest additions to the City Council's vehicle fleet and come equipped with technology to monitor the bin collection rounds and ensure the safety of both the public and the waste crew. From 13 September they will be on the city streets for both waste and recycling collections.

The City Council is taking a range of actions to reduce the presence of gulls in the city, including the regular flying of hawks, and the removal of gull eggs and nests under licence from Natural England.

The City Council works closely with residential and business property owners, who are prepared to use a variety of tactics to combat gulls. This year the owners of a private retirement complex in Barbourne painted its flat roof bright red. This successfully deterred two pairs of resident gulls from nesting on the same spot. The City Council will explore similar techniques on other buildings, where appropriate, in 2022. 

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