Gumbusters clean up the town

GUMBUSTERS have tackled a town centre street to give it a cleaner look.As part of the Cleaner Ipswich campaign, borough vouncil workmen have been using a special machine in Westgate Street to remove unsightly chewing gum patches from pavements.

GUMBUSTERS have tackled a town centre street to give it a cleaner look.

As part of the Cleaner Ipswich campaign, borough vouncil workmen have been using a special machine in Westgate Street to remove unsightly chewing gum patches from pavements.

The clean-up is part of an on-going programme aiming to make sure every street is gum-busted at least once a year.

Most responsible people help the council in its quest to keep the streets clean, by using the bins provided. But for the few who don't, council cleaners have offered this rough guide to using chewing gum:


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n Retrieve the wrapper from your pocket

n place redundant gum back into original wrapper

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n either take home for disposal or find a litter bin.

Chewing gum may freshen the mouth but it has the opposite effect on pavements and so it is best not to put it there in the first place.

The council says it costs taxpayers £13,000 per year for them to clean up badly disposed of chewing gum – and it costs nothing to put the chewy in a bin.

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