Monday, May 25, 2009

Chew this over!

Following my recent post about discarded chewing gum and cigarette butts, I received a number of suggestions on how other places are dealing with the problem. In Croydon UK and other English cities, there is a 75 pound fine if someone throws there used chewing gum on the street. The program is called "chew this over". But teenagers are also being given pocket sized packets to put their discarded gum in-before them into special chewing gum bins dotted around the town centre.

The scheme is being spearheaded by Croydon's Business Improvement District which organizes gangs of cleaners to wash gum off the town's streets with power washing equipment.

Other cities are handing out special containers, which one can hang around their neck, with space for advertising, to hold used chewing gum until it can be discarded.

I think it is time we started to be creative and discourage people from throwing their gum on Vancouver's streets. Agree?

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