A team of chewing gum busters will be out on the streets of Staffordshire cleaning up the sticky problem.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has spent £3,500 on a gum blaster - a high pressure steam jet spray filled with cleaning agents to dissolve the gum
The device can also be used to tackle fly-posting and graffiti.
Operators will start work in Cheadle on Monday and will move onto other towns during the coming weeks.
Town centres such as Cheadle, Biddulph and Leek, all suffer from the problem of chewing gum waste.
Three years ago the council provided boards where people can deposit waste gum.