SOMERSET NEWS: Council cracking down on sticky problem – chewing gum litter

SOMERSET NEWS: Council cracking down on sticky problem – chewing gum litter

TAUNTON Deane Borough Council is supporting the national Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) in its 2017 campaign.

The authority is one of 44 local councils and partners from across the UK taking part in this year’s campaign in an effort to get people to dispose of their gum responsibly.

The council has displayed stickers on prominent litter bins across the borough and has poster stands at its Belvedere Road offices. It also has a stock of promotional material to offer local businesses and organisations who want to get involved, including window stickers, beer mats, and paper chewing gum wraps.

Cllr Patrick Berry, executive spokesman for environmental services, said: “I would like to think that by supporting this national campaign we can encourage people in Taunton Deane to dispose of chewing gum in a way that minimises the risk to our environment, leaving us with streets and outdoor spaces that are clean and pleasant places to spend our time.”

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which a partner in CGAG, said: “The Chewing Gum Action Group’s aim is to reduce gum litter by working with councils and partners across the UK.

“For over ten years CGAG have been committed to using creative ways to get people to bin their gum when they’ve finished chewing. From our experience, we know these campaigns work and really resonate with people.”

Anyone who would like to receive promotion material to display and distribute should contact the council’s parks and open spaces department on 01823-217527 or by emailing parks@tauntondeane.gov.uk .

For more information on the national campaign, please visit www.chewinggumactiongroup.org.uk, or join the conversation using #gumforest and #binityourway.

PHOTO – TOP: Cllr Patrick Berry, executive spokesman for environmental services at Taunton Deane Borough Council, and the authority’s open spaces manager Richard Burge with some of the CGAG promotional material.

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