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Bid to banish street gum menace

chewing gum being removed from street
Falkirk BID estimates it would cost 20k to rid the area of gum

A 14-day blitz to remove chewing gum from the streets of Falkirk is to begin in April.

Organised by the Falkirk Business Improvement Distirct (BID), campaigners will distribute over 3,000 wrappers to the public and install five gum bins.

The organisation, which represents local business, said it costs 3p to buy a stick of gum but 10p to remove it from pavements using special cleaners.

They have estimated that it will cost about 20k to rid Falkirk of gum.

The Falkirk BID said it would invest 10k during the clean up, which will also involve Falkirk Council.

Alastair Mitchell, Falkirk's town centre manager said: "It is estimated that nine out of ten town paving stones have gum stuck to them.

"I hope through this great project, people will take pride in our town centre. I urge people make full use of the new bins and wraps."

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