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Poole rids the streets of gum

Published 25th March, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Poole rids the streets of gum

The Borough of Poole is one of the first in the UK to clean up its streets from unsightly gum litter using a brand new invention, Gumwand.

Following Wembley Stadium's lead, the Borough of Poole purchased a Gumwand machine so that its street cleaning team can clean up unsightly flattened chewing gum very quickly and inexpensively. The Gumwand uses a combination of steam and 'green' detergents to remove chewing gum in around six seconds per piece of gum.

Jared Brading, managing director of Gumwand, said: “We supplied a machine to the council through distributor, the Bubblegum Man, who also trained four of its staff so they can be in complete control of keeping the streets gum-free. We are absolutely delighted that Poole is amongst the first local authorities to be using the Gumwand to tackle the problem of gum litter. Chewing gum often tops residents' lists of concerns and Poole should be congratulated on grasping the nettle.”

Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, Borough of Poole, said: “We are dedicated to changing the attitudes of people who drop gum, and are working hard to promote and encourage its correct disposal. Until we've managed to stop people from dropping gum litter, we bought a Gumwand to eradicate the litter that is already on the street. We've had the machine for around two months now and have been very impressed with the difference it has already made. Our staff are able to remove unsightly chewing gum from Poole's streets quickly and easily.”

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