Grimsby’s ‘chewing gum task force’ gets stuck in
The latest intitiative to crack down on litter on local streets has now been launched with Grimsby’s new chewing gum task force out on patrol today.
The Task Force, established by Defra and run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aims to clean gum off pavements and put in measures to stop it.
North East Lincolnshire Council was handed £20,000 to develop the scheme. The funds have been used on a clean-up team, and preventitive stickers.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, the portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“It’s great news that our bid for this funding was successful. The £20,000 will be a big help for our street cleansing team and will improve the look of Grimsby town centre.
“Chewing gum stains are difficult and time-consuming to remove, often requiring specialist cleaning fluid and equipment.
“Of course, it would be much better if people put their gum in a bin rather than leaving it to litter the streets.”
Estimates suggest the annual clean-up cost of chewing gum for councils in the UK is around £7 million.