Craigavon Borough Council’s Environmental Services Department is giving away approximately 5,000 Gum-Rap pouches as part of a campaign to cut down on the amount of gum discarded on footpaths in the Borough.
The Gum-Rap is a unique folded cardboard pack including paper sheets to responsibly dispose of chewing gum in a discreet, clean and non-sticky way.
“The Gum-Rap campaign is a positive step in tackling the issue of chewing gum. Council hope in providing these small, convenient and eco-friendly pouches it will help to draw people’s attention, especially young people, to this ever going problem and reinforce the message that it is not okay to litter.
“We must all take responsibility for our actions, understand their impact on our environment and take small steps to help instil a sense of pride and improve the image of our local area,” said Pamela Hanna, Community Engagement Officer.
Environmental Wardens, who patrol the Borough, are passing the Gum-Raps out to young people on the street and they will also be available at the Civic Centre, community and leisure centres and will be made available to local schools so they can then pass them on to their pupils.
The Environmental Services Department is also encouraging residents to request the Gum-Raps either for their own usage or for family members or friends.
In 2014 Craigavon Borough Council are taking a pro-active approach to address the issue of chewing gum associated litter within the Borough.
In April secondary schools, young persons groups and community and leisure centres were given chewing gum litter posters to display within their premises which conveyed the anti-litter message and the giveaway of the Gum-Raps further supports this ongoing campaign.
In response to the call for action from Councillors Environmental Services purchased new machinery; the ‘Gum Buster’ to remove chewing gum from the pavements within the Borough.
For further information regarding ongoing litter initiatives and campaigns or to request the Gum-Rap contact Pamela Hanna on 028 3831 2534.