Chewing Gum - 19 September 2017

Taunton Deane is one of 44 local authorities 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.

Councillor Patrick Berry, Executive Councillor 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 Parks and Open Spaces department on 01823 217527 or by emailing parks@tauntondeane.gov.uk

For more information on the national campaign, please visit Chewing Gum Action Group, or join the conversation using #gumforest and #binityourway.