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Very sticky task to commence

PUBLISHED: 23:40 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

TWO-week long sticky task is beginning in Lowestoft this weekend.

The cleansing team at Waveney District Council will begin the difficult chore of removing trodden in chewing gum from the pedestrian areas in the centre of town.

TWO-week long sticky task is beginning in Lowestoft this weekend.

The cleansing team at Waveney District Council will begin the difficult chore of removing trodden in chewing gum from the pedestrian areas in the centre of town.

They will start work at 5am tomorrow and will use specialist equipment, including a steam cleaner, a sweeper and a high pressure jetting tanker.

Mike Daniels, cleansing service manager at the council said chewing gum is like no other form of litter in that it cannot be easily removed.

He said: “The cleansing team carried out inspections of the pedestrian areas in the centre of Lowestoft and was extremely disappointed with the amount of gum and the number of cigarette butts dropped on the pavements.

“We are therefore faced with the labour intensive task of cleaning paved areas as they are looking particularly grimy. It's not going to be an easy task as chewing gum is persistent and cannot be removed by routine-street cleaning alone. It requires specialist equipment and we do not want the work to disturb the daily operation of local businesses.

“Due to the nature of this task and restrictions on when we can carry out the work, we estimate it will take around two weeks to complete.”

Mr Daniels said the most effective way to tackle the problem is not to spit or drop gum in the first place.

“You are never far from a litter bin in the centre of town and we would like to encourage people to wrap and dispose of their gum responsibly and avoid the urge to just spit it out when you tire of it.

“Spitting out gum is unhygienic and can cause no end of problems for your fellow pedestrians. It sticks to people's shoes and clothes, the wheels of buggies and prams, as well as the paws of pets. This can all be avoided by simply putting it in the bin.”

He added that even though they are small, gum and cigarette butts were classed as litter and fixed penalty notices are handed out for dropping them.

They currently carry a fine of £80 in the Waveney District.

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