Updated 23 August 2004, 18.55
A council in London thinks that the price of chewing gum should be raised to £3 per packet to cover the cost of cleaning the stuff off the pavement.
Other councils have suggested different campaigns to stop people dropping their gum - like sticking it onto special walls or posters.
What do YOU think should be done with used chewing gum?
Is there a way to keep it off the floor and in the bin?
E-mail us your suggestions.
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My school is plastered in gum. Everywhere, there should be gum bins. Like recycling bins for papers, metals and glass and plastics, there should be bins like that. And schools shouldn't ban it, as that is why the students plaster the walls in it.
Natasha, 13, Essex
I think that £3 for a packet of gum is really expensive, and that poster walls are also a really bad idea as they make the place look a mess. I agree with Ciaran from Belfast that the money from bought gum should be used to clean up and to buy more bins if there's more bins around then gum won't end up on the floor _ SIMPLE!
Katrina, 13, Leicester
The best idea would be to put it up enough to put those who don't like it enough (and are probably going to be less responsible with it) off, but not so much that those who do (and are therefore generally more responsible with it) can't afford it anymore.
Hazel, 12, Cambridge
Well, when it comes to me, I do the traditional swallowing of it or putting it in the bin - doesn't everyone else because I don't notice any gum on the streets!
Emma, 14, Belfast
BAN IT! It's pointless stuff that only serves to be sat on or stuck on people's shoes! It's not very good for the environment, and you can't even eat it!
Zoe, 14, Plymouth
Like speed cameras, there should be chewing gum cameras. If someone drops chewy or litter you can fine them!
Rachel, 12, Widnes
I think this issue over chewing gum is important and special bins would be helpful, but the government should be trying to solve more important problems.
Harri, 11, Kent
The answer's right in front of us: chew it, then throw it in the bin, like we're supposed to.
Hazel, 13, Cambridge
Good idea although it's not exactly what you would think art would be like if you are walking by and you see a poster covered in chewing gum. I would hate to look at that but still, at least it's not on the floor.
Gina, 11, Bristol
There are a couple of posters around my town centre where it says 'STICK IT, DONT SPIT IT' and it looks disgusting, just viewing it with other peoples chewed chewing gum on makes you feel sick!
Shanni, 14, Preston
Chewing gum is all over the place round here. But down town there are lots of bins.
Steffi, 10, Birkenhead
I would recommend that we should use special walls or posters, just not raising the price to £3, 'cause I LOVE chewing gum!!!
Marlene, 12, Belfast
Why are streets the big issue? I think all gum related campaigns should focus on school; it's disgusting because it's all over the tables & chairs & benches, you can't even tuck your chair in!! I was sitting on the school bus & got loads of it stuck on my bag after it came of the seat. It should be TOTALLY banned in schools & special bins for the streets.
Sarah, 12, Stockport
I think making special posters to put gum on is a good idea. I know it would be disgusting to put a chewing gum poster on the wall, but it would be better then treading on it and getting it stuck to your shoes!
Vanessa, 14, Larkfield
I think used gum should be collected, compacted and be thrown in to the ocean making the water taste minty.
Vad, 13, London
They could make gum that you could swallow.
Martha, 14, Kent
Chew it and throw it in the bin......duuuhh
John, 15, Derry
I don't really notice the gum on the pavements, unless it sticks to my shoes, urgh! I think the gum posters are a good idea but hardly anybody uses them because there aren't many at all. People should be fined for dropping gum and litter but to help the problem maybe they could ask people to stick gum to special places to create art work or something.
Maisy, 14, Southampton
T think they should keep chewy at the same price 'cos not evryone spits it on the floor!!!! If there were more bins around maybe no one would spit it on the floor so really it's the council's fault!!!
Emma, 14, Liverpool
Making the price of chewing gum really high is a good idea, but I have a better one: make it ILLEGAL. I HATE chewing gum. It would be ok if people put it in the bin but they NEVER do. It's foul and it's everywhere. It ruins the environment and costs a ton to clean up. Making it illegal would be no great tragedy, there are loads of other sweets you can buy.
Rowena, 15, London
I don't chew gum myself, but I am always reminding my friends to put it in a bin, or back in the wrapper until they find one. If there were just more bins around then it would help a lot more.
Juliette, 13, Cardiff
I think that someone should invent a chewing that you can swallow
Lawrence, 10, Cardiff
People are going on about chewing gum getting dropped on the floor but what about cigarette ends - I see them all over the place.
Ben, 14, Manchester
Well, I think that Faye, 14 from USA's idea is great, if you take your gum to a special bin and then a scratch card would come out! Obviously it wouldn't stop all gum being thrown on the floor but it would help! I think the poster thing is good, but only if it would be changed at least once a day, otherwise it would be gross!
Kelly, 14, Swansea
I think they should have a box or something with the packet of chewing gum and you could put it in there and then put it in the bin once you've finished or you should pay a fine every time you spit it out on the street.
Axl, 11, Laffeyette
If you drop gum in my area, you get fined at least £50, and the streets look a lot cleaner.
Sophie, 12, Gosport
I think that putting a special wall for chewing gum is a good idea. They can keep putting new ones up when it's full.
Hira, 13, Hounslow
Three pound for a packet of gum is ridiculous! Why should we have to pay for people who put their gum on the floor and not the bin? VERY unfair to say the least.
Kirsty, 11, Wrexham
They should have special parts to bins like they do with cigarettes where you can put your gum so all the gum's together.
Sarah, 15, Birmingham
Maybe you can have a machine in a local shop, were you put your chewing gum and get a token which you have to collect and exchange it with money or stuff from shops like: Next, H&M, Boots etc
Zarqa, 13, Birmingham
Chewing gum is ILLEGAL in Singapore!
Michael, 13, Edinburgh
Why doesn't the government just BAN chewing gum altogether, and take it away from shops altogether if there is SO much fuss about it, SHEESH!
Joanne, 13, Edinburgh
I think the idea of sticking it to a celebrity's face is a good idea, but it wouldn't be a nice sight! Maybe they could do mini bins with the celeb's face on?
April, 14, Old Colwyn
I really don't think sticking them on posters is a good idea because it will make the street disgusting. I think there should be posters put up beside bins to remind people to put chewing gum in the bin or it'll be banned.
Zoe, 13, Dundee
Why don't people just put it in the bin or even better ban gum altogether it's pointless anyway. It's gross leaving it on the floor you wouldn't like it if you stepped on some or felt some under your desk.
Michelle, 13, Huddersfield
I think that's a really good idea of sticking chewing gum to posters. It's really nasty when you find someone has stuck gum on the bottom of your desk.
Anika, 15, Leicester
I don't think that sticking it on special walls/posters will be nice to look at. I definitely think that chewing gum is disgusting and at my school the teacher had this big crackdown on chewing gum and we get a detention if we even have it in school. In Singapore they are not allowed chewing gum and the streets are a pleasure to walk down.
Rubinda, 14, Reading
Maybe they should make special bins for gum and when you stick your gum in the bin a £1 gift token could come out the side, or maybe a scratch card that if you win is a £1 gift token to something else.
Faye, 14, USA
I think the government should use 50% of the money that people spend on each packet to clean up the u.k
Ciaran, 12, Belfast
I think the thing where you can stick your gum on famous people's faces is a good idea. And maybe if you press hard enough on the faces the voice of the celeb could say something?..
Charlotte, 14, Lincoln
It's totally pathetic to raise the cost! And to stick your chewing gum on a board is gross! What if you leant against it by mistake or something! I think you should get a little container free with your chewing gum and keep it in there. If you get caught dropping it then get fined something like £10!
Holly, 14, Halifax
Maybe they could create a biodegradable gum? That's good for the environment?
Chelsea, 15, Whitby
I agree they should do posters but I think they should come up with more ideas!
Josie, 11, Southend-on-Sea
£3 is too expensive for a pack! Maybe they should just stop worrying about it all together - it's not much of a problem where I live.
Suzi, 11, Norfolk
Maybe they could do a scheme where if you brought your used gum to one place, you could get money or more gum for it, like they do with bottles.
Ashley, 12, Sutton