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Chewing gum recycling offered to airport travellers

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 15:07:40

It seems like such a simple idea when you think about it, but now a young entrepreneur from the UK has actually put the concept of chewing gum recycling into practice, according to BBC News.

Twenty seven year old Anna Bullus has joined forces with Southampton Airport, to roll out 25 chewing gum recycling pods, which have been given the clever name of 'Gumdrops.'

Basically, these highly visible pink pods will be attached to walls in public places, encouraging people to pop their used gum into them, rather than discarding it on the floor or throwing it into a bin, where it will simply be sent to landfill.

Many urban areas of the UK have been consistently coated in used gum for decades now, with the tacky substance proving very difficult and costly to actually clean off.

Meanwhile, if it is simply chucked in the bin, then it is being unnecessarily thrown out when it could really be reused.

You will be pleased to hear that the gum is not simply turned back into more chewing material, but can actually be reconstituted, in order to produce a variety of items, from toys and smartphone covers, to things like car tyres.

Ninety per cent of the UK's paving slabs have at least one piece of gum stuck to them, according to Keep Britain Tidy, costing us £150 million every 12 months, in order to cover the cleanup expenses.

As well as Southampton Airport receiving the Gumdrop recycling pods, 1,000 more have been sent out to schools and other public institutions across the country.

This is exciting news for people who love to chew gum but want a greener way of taking advantage of this product and everyone has Ms Bullus to thank for the opportunity.




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