NEW bright pink ‘Gumdrop’ bins have been installed in Bromsgrove town centre to encourage residents to dispose of their chewing gum sensibly, rather than dropping it on the floor, writes Ryan Smith.
The gum deposits can then be recycled and used in the making of new items including cutlery, sports equipment, stationery and shoes.
Bromsgrove District Council, working with West Mercia Police, installed the bins on the High Street and along the Worcester Road, including outside Argos, EE, Allen Morris, Neale’s Garage and Eyedeal Eyecare.
Coun Margaret Sherrey, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Environmental Services, said residents could give their gum ‘a second life’ so it could be recycled into something useful.
“Gum is expensive to remove and if people didn’t drop it we could use the money spent on cleaning it up on improvements instead.”