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News - 29 September 2007
New gum could save Council millions
At last a new kind of chewing gum has been invented that won’t stick to our streets, shoes and clothes. The new product could if it becomes widely adopted save Brighton & Hove Council the millions of pounds currently spent on steam cleaning the streets.
Scientists have been applying themselves to the sticky issue of clearing chewing gum from our streets for some time now. Through their efforts and support from Defra a new product has now been invented that won’t stick to the pavements.
The team that has developed the new product is from Bristol University. The secret ingredient is something that coats the chewing gum with a film of water making it less sticky.
Brighton & Hove Council has estimated that it would cost in the region of £4.5 million to steam clean every street in the city that is affected by this problem. (see related stories in Knowledgebase under topics listed below)
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