Chewing Gum Splatter boards the answer to our problem?
Alison Marks of the Manly Daily recently wrote an article about Manly Council’s ideas to install chewing gum “splatter boards” in a bid to curb gum epidemic.
Manly Council’s war on chewing gum has reached new heights, however in an effort to fix the sticky issue, the council has designed and implemented a “splatter board” on The Corso calling for residents to stick their gum to the board rather than dropping it on the ground.
Manly’s new chewing gum splatter board initiative. Image courtesy www.dailytelegraph.com.au
The sign reads: “Hey Tosser … don’t toss your gum on the ground, stick it here instead.” The board was designed in-house by Manly council as a prototype.
A Manly council spokesman said with residents dropping as much as 700 pieces per day, it’s become the most costly problem for the area and the council has received funding to purchase a state of the-art chewing gum removal machine.
To the team at The Stain Eaters, this is an interesting initiative as it seems to be a reactive strategy rather than a preventative strategy. Unfortunately chewing gum is a problem in our community, but we need to educate consumers on how to dispose of chewing gum in a healthy manner, and a board to stick it on is not necessarily the best solution.
Did you know?
In many modern cultures, there are known social effects, chewing gum in some environments (public areas, school, workplace, etc.) is seen as unprofessional, distracting and irritating.
In fact many public and private schools and businesses, do not allow chewing gum because it is almost always disposed of inappropriately.
Chewing gum is not only distracting, it has been proven that gum might carry diseases or bacteria from the person who has inappropriately disposed of it. Chewing gum is not water-soluble and unlike other confectionery is not fully consumed.
There has been much effort at public education and investment aimed at encouraging responsible disposal. Despite this chewing gum is commonly found stuck underneath benches, tables, handrails and escalators.
Unlike other litter which can be picked up or is quickly degraded by the weather, chewing gum, with its glue-like characteristics, is regarded as environmentally damaging. In 2000 a study on Oxford Street, one of London’s busiest shopping streets, showed that a quarter of a million black or white blobs of chewing gum were stuck to its pavement.
Chewing gum bonds strongly to asphalt and rubber shoe soles because they are all made from polymeric hydrocarbons. It also bonds strongly with concrete paving and its removal is labour intensive.
It is extremely difficult and costly to remove once “walked in” and dried but fortunately the team at The Stain Eaters has created a proven propriety way to remove stubborn gum build up to make surfaces look new again and act as a deterrent to inappropriate gum disposal. Remember if gum is left to build up, others will see this as a sign that it is OK to litter the area with their gum too!
Call the experts at the Stain Eaters to removed your stubborn unsightly and unhygienic chewing gum problem on 1300 305 307 or book a quote on our website www.staineaters.com.au.