The country’s leading lights will come together to investigate possible solutions for the escalating ‘gum disaster’ that has blighted every town and city in the UK. Chewing gum is indestructible and the cost of removing it runs into millions every year. We all, as tax payers, have to foot this bill.
The first ever national ‘Gum Summit’ in London will investigate such options as imposing an extra tax levy on every packet, imposing on the spot fines and the development of a biodegradable product.
Gum supplier, Wriggley has already thrown £5 million at the biodegradable conundrum to no avail. There have also been campaigns in the past to educate people to dispose of their gum in a responsible manner also with little lasting success.
Councils are bracing themselves for new ruling following a House of Commons debate that may deem the practice of spitting gum to be littering. If new legislation is passed then councils will have an added responsibility to clean it up.
Brighton & Hove City Council is already on the case and is planning a gum-blitz on 3 March as part of its ’10 Days in March’ campaign. The clean up is linked to the Government’s ‘Together We Can Beat it’ initiative. Other activities will include removing graffiti, stickers and posters. The business and resident communities will be taking part by helping on the day.
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