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Council tackles Chippenham's sticky problem
9:20am Tuesday 14th August 2012 in News
Chippenham Town Council has bought a new machine to tackle the growing problem of chewing gum that litters the pavements in the town centre.
The versatile new jet-washer blasts chewing gum with a high pressure steam jet and can also be used to tackle graffiti.
The clean-up operation has been taking place in the early hours of the mornings and has vastly improved the appearance of the pavements.
Incorrect disposal of chewing gum in the town’s High Street is a significant and emotive issue for local residents. The discarded gum looks unsightly, degrades the area and continues to harm the environment for up to 25 years after it has been being discarded.
The Town Council is working in partnership with Wiltshire Council, which has overall responsibility for litter and cleansing, by providing a ‘top up’ litter picking service throughout the town area seven days a week.
Adrian Jones, head of service delivery at Chippenham Town Council, said: “We are taking a positive stance regarding chewing gum which is spoiling the pavements throughout the High Street and we hope our actions will educate people about the importance of how to dispose of chewing gum correctly.
“We are keen for residents and visitors to dispose of the chewing gum in a responsible manner because it not only takes time and resources to clear it up, but it makes our town centre look unwelcoming.
“There is no need to drop chewing gum on the floor because there are a lot of bins placed around the town.
"However, if you do find yourself in the situation where there isn’t a bin for you to use immediately, you can always wrap your chewing gum up in an old receipt or a piece of paper and take it to the nearest bin."
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