Cannock Chase Council is supporting the Chewing Gum Action Campaign this month, an annual campaign to tackle chewing gum litter across the District.
The annual campaign, which is being run during October across the country aims to educate people to think twice before dropping their chewing gum on the street.
The Chewing Gum Action Group is supported by Keep Britain Tidy, who want to see chewing gum littering substantially reduced by 2020 and all but eradicated by 2030.
To help highlight the campaign poster and banners will be going up around the District, in local shops, café’s, schools and community centres and branded beer mats and gum wraps will be displayed in locals pubs to help remind people to ‘bin it your way’.
Councillor John Preece, Portfolio Leader for Environment comments “Chewing gum ‘staining’ is seen in many locations across the District. It is not only unsightly but it has removal cost of around £1.50 per gum stain, which has to be done using a high pressure steam jet. This is money that could be spent on other services.
“Carelessly discarded chewing gum is only one part of this ongoing problem, and despite the best efforts of our Street Cleansing Team and volunteer litter pickers across the District it’s still not enough.
“This campaign aims to remind everyone that is caught dropping chewing gum, litter, cigarette butts or not picking up after their dog will be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice.
“We want residents and visitors to take pride in Cannock Chase and put their litter in the bin.”