War On Chewing Gum In Bournemouth!

14 July 2011, 10:48 | Updated: 14 July 2011, 10:52

Bournemouth Council has invested in a new state machine, costing £16,000 – to remove chewing gum from the streets.

The machine uses high pressured steam action to lift the stuck down gum up. Using steam rather than power washing means the machine can be used as a one man operation in busy areas without having to cordon off large spaces.

The council say in the coming weeks and months it will be used across the borough to tackle chewing gum hotspots.

Chewing Gum Busting Machine

Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Transport and Technical Services, said: “Chewing gum which has been discarded irresponsibility is a disgusting blight on our streets and cleaning it up is a never-ending task. I am delighted we have been able to invest in a new gum removal machine as part of our Smart Streets programme. I would also urge users to dispose of their spent gum responsibly in the first place.”

Smart Streets is a 12-month programme in which £1 million is being invested in environmental initiatives and street scene improvements across Bournemouth.

Other Smart Streets initiatives include:

  • A team of dedicated street cleansing champions in each of the town’s key neighbourhoods including Moordown, Boscombe, Winton, Charminster, Southbourne, Westbourne and Kinson
  • Additional mechanical sweeping
  • Chewing gum removal programme
  • Encouraging community litter picks
  • Installing new solar powered litter bins
  • Painting more than 2,500 lampposts
  • Refurnishing street furniture and railings
  • Refreshing road markings and sign cleaning programme.