gum makers asked to help pay for local street cleaning
gum manufacturers are to be asked to help local councils fund
the rising cost of cleaning discarded gum from pavements in the
District Council said this week it spends around £16,000
a year on pavement washing, which includes getting rid of discarded
chewing gum in Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater.
is thought that while an average piece of gum costs around 3p
to buy, clean-up expenses stand at around 50 times that figure.
Richard Burden, the council's portfolio holder for the Environment,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Chewing gum is a plague on our
pavements. It is a blight which costs councils a fortune to clean
up and takes hours of hard work to remove. It's ugly, it's unsightly
and it's unacceptable."
the UK chewing gum manufacturers have been urged to help councils
cover the multi-million pound cost of cleaning gum from Englands
Local Government Association (LGA) wants manufacturers to contribute
towards the costs of ensuing proper disposal.
council has appealed to local people to make it their New Years
resolution to bin their gum, rather than drop in on pavements.