There has been widespread positive regional and trade coverage in publications including Chronicle Live, Cumbria Crack, West Bridgford Wire, Nottinghamshire Live and MRW following our announcement of the winners of the second round of funding for councils as part of the Chewing Gum Task Force, in conjunction with charity Keep Britain Tidy.
The announcement made by environment Minister Rebecca Pow on Thursday (6 July) will see more than 50 councils across the UK receive grants totalling more than £1.2 million to remove discarded chewing gum from our streets and prevent it from being littered again.
Launched in 2021, the Task Force was established by Defra and is administered by Keep Britain Tidy, with funding provided by gum producers. It aims to clean gum off pavements and put in measures to stop it being dropped in the first place, helping clamp down on anti-social littering.
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:
Littering blights our communities, spoils our countryside, harms our wildlife and wastes taxpayers’ money when cleaning it up. That’s why we’re working with gum producers to tackle chewing gum stains.
After the success of the first round of funding, this next slice will give councils further support to clean up our towns and cities.
Coinciding with Resolve’s ASB Awareness Week, the announcement comes alongside further steps to deliver the Prime Minister’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan.