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Bin It Your Way!

Each year, local authorities and business improvement districts (BIDs) are invited to take part in the Chewing Gum Action Campaign.  In 2016, 11 campaigns were run across the UK and saw an impressive 36% average reduction of dropped gum in monitored areas.

For 2017 we are providing councils with a campaign pack that they can use in their local areas and we will also be funding outdoor advertising in targeted areas in England, Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland.

 

Last year’s results

11

organisations
took part last year

36%

less gum litter
on average

64%

reduction in
one community

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Who are CGAG?

We’re the experts on fighting gum litter. The Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) is a behaviour change campaign designed especially for local authorities.

Please take a minute to look through our website, learn more about us, our past work and how your community can take part – for free.

"Chewing gum is difficult and costly to clean up. Gum stuck to the floor creates a negative perception for residents, shoppers and local businesses. This gum campaign successfully raised awareness, reduced gum littering and reminded everyone that if you drop gum you face a big fine."

Councillor Alex Norris, Nottingham City Council

"This campaign had a dramatic effect on the amount of gum litter on our streets. We saw a massive reduction of 93%. This shows the campaign not only led to a huge improvement in the quality of the city’s streets, but also genuinely changed attitudes."

Lucy Prisk, Cardiff City Council

"It costs on average £2 to remove each piece of gum, so this campaign saved us vital funds which could then be better spent elsewhere. Encouraging behaviour change is the only long-term and sustainable solution to the problem of littered gum. Working with the Chewing Gum Action Group was a really successful way of tackling this issue and urging people to dispose of their gum responsibly. "

Councillor Phil Townshend, Coventry City Council
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What’s going on in our world?

Chewing Gum Action Group

Show some love for your park, cast your vote in the #GreenFlagAward People's Choice. Hurry, votes close 30 Sept: goo.gl/6uRm82
If you’re loving wasting less & living more share your experience using the hashtag #WasteLessLiveMore on Instagram & Twitter, we’d love to hear about it!
Did you know that you can regrow many fruit and vegetables from scraps? #WasteLessLiveMore
A #WasteLessLiveMore tip: Did you know the funny looking fruit & veg are just as delicious as the perfect ones?
We hope that Wayne & Koda inspire others too - every bit counts! #LitterHeroes

@keepbritaintidy

Alex Drew started #Trashtag to raise awareness of the #litter issue. This summer he held a fundraiser for the cause… https://t.co/FRtv5Vfsam
Our @OneTrafford recycling advisors will be at various locations throughout the #Trafford borough, on a roadshow fo… https://t.co/HjYNt9MvVk
RT @KeepBritainTidy: The Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards are back & we're now accepting applications for our 10 award categories https://t
RT @Essex_CC: Who would you trust? Check to protect yourself and don't end up with a criminal record and a fine. #CrimeNotToCare https://t.
RT @mrdanwalker: Don't listen to this... it will be in your head FOREVER! 😂 @KeepBritainTidy https://t.co/pKuW2vCaIv

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Previous campaigns

2012

The 2012 campaign tapped into the excitement surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic Games, urging people to do their country proud.

2011

Following-up on the 2010 campaign with new graphics, we kept reminding people that dropping gum would cost them a packet.

2010

The ‘Save Yourself a Packet’ campaign drove home the point that improper gum disposal came with an £80 fine, and encouraged people to do the right thing.