VIDEO: Ee bye gum – Poole council buys new chewing gum zapping machine

Bournemouth Echo: STEAMED UP: Cleansing operative Mike Lockhart using the new Gumwand machine at Poole bus station to remove chewing gum from the pavement STEAMED UP: Cleansing operative Mike Lockhart using the new Gumwand machine at Poole bus station to remove chewing gum from the pavement

A NEW machine that zaps sticky and unsightly chewing gum in seconds has been bought by Borough of Poole.

The council is one of the first in the UK to use the innovative gum removal machine to clean up its streets, using brand new British invention, Gumwand.

Following in the footsteps of Wembley Stadium, where nervous football fans and managers are frequent chewers, the borough forked out £1,500 on a machine for its street cleaning team.

Chewing gum blights streets and public areas and its stickiness means normal cleaning methods don’t work. Poole town centre and the quay, and Ashley Road and Broadstone Broadway are particular areas of concern.

The portable machine, which costs £70 per day to run, uses a combination of steam and green sugar-based detergents to vaporise chewing gum at a cost of 5p per piece and in around six seconds.

“Before this we would have to cordon off a big area and jet wash the whole lot,” said charge hand Steve Howl. “It’s time consuming, expensive to do and you need a source of water.”

Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, Borough of Poole said: “We are dedicated to changing the attitudes of people who drop gum, and are working hard to promote and encourage its correct disposal.

“Until we’ve managed to stop people from dropping gum litter, we bought Gumwand to eradicate the litter that is already on the street. We’ve had the machine for around two months now and have been very impressed with the difference it has already made.”

Jared Brading, managing director of Gumwand, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Poole is amongst the first local authorities to be using Gumwand to tackle gum”

Streets paved with gum

Chewing gum does not decompose, causes unsightly white blobs on the ground and is a potential risk to pets and wild animals.

Borough of Poole launched its campaign in 2008, aiming to persuade people to dispose of it in a bin.

Despite being an offence under the Environmental Protection Act with a maximum penalty of £2,500, and subject to a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice, streets are peppered with discarded gum, particularly around bins.

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10:15am Thu 16 Jan 14

Wackerone says...

Until the sale of gum is banned, this will remain a major problem.
Until the sale of gum is banned, this will remain a major problem. Wackerone
  • Score: 6

11:15am Thu 16 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

I blame Ferguson.
I blame Ferguson. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

11:44am Thu 16 Jan 14

smhinto says...

How about getting a machine to deal with the anti-social idiots and dysfunctional 'lunatics' and 'diddley's that seem to thrive on the streets of Bournemouth. According to the report above one could dispose of one empty headed lunatic every six seconds !!!
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It would be called an anti-social dysfunctional lunatic zapping machine (ADLZM) !!.
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These 'twerps' could be vaporised instantainiously!! We could issue it to the Police in every patrol car. It would save the tax payer millions!!
How about getting a machine to deal with the anti-social idiots and dysfunctional 'lunatics' and 'diddley's that seem to thrive on the streets of Bournemouth. According to the report above one could dispose of one empty headed lunatic every six seconds !!! . It would be called an anti-social dysfunctional lunatic zapping machine (ADLZM) !!. . These 'twerps' could be vaporised instantainiously!! We could issue it to the Police in every patrol car. It would save the tax payer millions!! smhinto
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

The people that disgard the gum should be fined to pay for the new machine!
The people that disgard the gum should be fined to pay for the new machine! suzigirl
  • Score: 2

3:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Until chewing gum is banned from being made, we will always have this problem as people are so lazy they can't wait until they get to the next rubbish bin.
Until chewing gum is banned from being made, we will always have this problem as people are so lazy they can't wait until they get to the next rubbish bin. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

It would be interesting to learn how many fixed penalty notices have been issued and the amount of money collected. Why do the "journalists" of this paper refrain from asking questions.
It would be interesting to learn how many fixed penalty notices have been issued and the amount of money collected. Why do the "journalists" of this paper refrain from asking questions. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 3

10:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

Been using a similar machine on the Continent for about 10 years.Hopefully an investment by Bournemouth and Poole of a Dog Crap clean up motor-bike will follow.After an expensive Consultancy of course.
Been using a similar machine on the Continent for about 10 years.Hopefully an investment by Bournemouth and Poole of a Dog Crap clean up motor-bike will follow.After an expensive Consultancy of course. Gastines3
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
It would be interesting to learn how many fixed penalty notices have been issued and the amount of money collected. Why do the "journalists" of this paper refrain from asking questions.
What journalists??
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: It would be interesting to learn how many fixed penalty notices have been issued and the amount of money collected. Why do the "journalists" of this paper refrain from asking questions.[/p][/quote]What journalists?? Phixer
  • Score: 1

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