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Gum Litter Taskforce Roadshow 2024 takes to Clare to tackle gum disposal

18 June 2024

The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) was in Clare last week as a part of its summer roadshow.

Gum Litter Taskforce Roadshow 2024 takes to Clare to tackle gum disposal

This interactive roadshow works with local authorities and communities across the country to carry out fun and engaging education and awareness initiatives that demonstrate the proper means of gum disposal. Now in its seventeenth year, the campaign is a collaboration between Food Drink Ireland, the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, the chewing gum industry, and local authorities.

Welcoming the roadshow to Clare and Shannon Town Park, Councillor Donna McGettigan, said: “Each year this campaign seeks to educate people on the correct disposal of gum. It raises awareness of the environmental and financial impacts of improper disposal of chewing gum and encourages us all to ‘Bin Your Gum When You’re Done’. We want to continue encouraging a positive behaviour change among the small minority who are still disposing of gum incorrectly.”

Attitudes towards gum litter continue to change, as children are educated on the negative environmental and fiscal impacts of gum litter. The GLT 2023 campaign had a positive impact on both attitudes and behaviour regarding gum disposal, with a 5% increase in those reporting ‘always’ or ‘usually’ putting their chewed gum in the bin, bringing the figure to a record high of 92%.

Speaking at the roadshow Derek Clune, Chairperson of Shannon Tidy Towns, commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Gum Litter Taskforce team and Clare County Council to help us deliver this campaign at Shannon Town Park with a common goal to fight gum litter. We are especially delighted to see that 92% of people now dispose of their gum properly.”

One in seven people continue to drop their gum on the ground, according to new findings from the Gum Litter Taskforce, the national awareness campaign which aims to make gum litter an issue of the past. This accounts for 19% of men and 9% of women, showing a higher tendency in men to not properly dispose of their gum.

Attending also at the roadshow Terence McDonald, Environmental Community Warden for the Shannon MD, explained, “The Gum Litter Taskforce is a fantastic initiative for communities to get involved in. Each year, we see communities coming together with the common aim of reducing the level of littered gum within their respective localities. The latest results of the National Litter Pollution Monitoring report (2022) show a continuous decline of percentage of gum as a proportion of litter at 8.6%. I am hopeful that this year’s campaign will continue to further build on those results. We look forward to continuing to work with the Gum Litter Taskforce to promote greater gum litter awareness throughout County Clare for the betterment of all our local communities.”

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