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Don’t chew it over – apply now to take part in bin it your way!

If your organisation wants to tackle chewing gum blighting your local area, don’t chew it over any longer – apply today to get involved in this year’s Chewing Gum Action Group campaign.

14 Apr 14

There’s one month to go from today (Wednesday 16th April) to apply to become a partner in the Bin It Your Way! campaign 2014.

In return for promoting the campaign in their areas, with local retailers and the public, partners will get free advertising outdoor advertising, media relations and PR support.

In 2013, 16 areas across the UK were selected. The campaign areas saw an impressive reduction of over 40% in gum dropped on average - and some areas recorded reductions of up to 67%. 

Local authorities and Business Improvement Districts are invited to become a partner in the 2014 campaign, funded and organised by gum manufacturers The Wrigley Company, Perfetti Van Melle and Mondelez International (Cadbury), the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy, the Food and Drink Federation and the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM).  

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Littered chewing gum is particularly hard to tackle as it can’t be swept up, and it’s blighting many towns and villages around Scotland. Valuable resources are being used to remove it. Applying to take part in Bin It Your Way! 2014 is a great opportunity to highlight the issue locally and tackle the blight of chewing gum in your local area.”

Mark Bevan, Head of Campaigns, Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is pleased to support the Bin it Your Way! campaign in Scotland. This is a valuable resource for councils and BIDs as the change in consumer behaviour promoted by the campaign can result in significant savings on cleaning up. We would encourage as many organisations as possible to apply.”  

If you work for a local authority or Business Improvement District, to apply for a place on the 2014 Chewing Gum Action Group litter awareness and reduction campaign please contact email: kristian.bentham@keepbritaintidy.org or tel: 01942 612668by Friday 16 May 2014. 

Notes For Editors

For more information contact:

Claire Munro, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

t: 01786 239791 m: 077002976594 e: claire.munro@zerowastescotland.org.uk 

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