Ipswich Central tells you where to stick it!

13 July 2018


According to Keep Britain Tidy, 95% of the UK’s main shopping streets are gum-stained. To help tackle the problem, Ipswich Central, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre, is installing five Gumdrop bins in designated chewing gum hot-spots outside bars and shops as part of its #itsmystreet initiative.

The bins, produced by GumDrop Ltd, are proven to encourage people to stick their gum inside the pink drum rather than onto the pavement. Full bins are then recycled, creating anything from wellington boots to stationery and packaging.

Ipswich Central BID Manager Sophie Alexander said “when we launched the cigarette butt ballot bins earlier this year, we were also asked to help the Council with the chewing gum blight on our streets. We asked our BID businesses for area nominations and have done our best to match a bin to the area.”.

According to The Chewing Gum Action Group, local councils and BIDs that take part in a campaign can expect to see a reduction in chewing gum on the pavements of at least 36%.

Arcade Street is one of the areas nominated by Arcade Street Tavern owner Ross Keough.“I’m so pleased Ipswich Central has taken the initiative of installing these chewing gum bins. We have fantastic architecture, great easy walking routes from all areas of the town to the waterfront, yet along all areas we are blighted by the nasty sight of chewing gum all over the pavements.”

Ipswich Central considers street cleaning to be of major importance to local businesses and works with Ipswich Borough Council to keep the streets clean and tidy for residents and visitors.