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Dropping gum can be an expensive habit

Release date: 
Monday, 20 February, 2017

Burnley Council is sending out a simple message to people who use chewing gum - get into the habit of throwing it away in a proper bin: it could save you £75!

The council is currently running a poster information campaign in Burnley town centre – “Don’t Drop Chewing Gum”.

It comes ahead of the introduction of a stricter enforcement campaign in April that will see officers patrolling the streets issuing £75 Fixed Penalty Notices to those caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, or failing to clean up after their dog.

Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community services, said: “Chewing gum leaves a terrible mess and makes the place look awful. We’re in the middle of improving Burnley town centre with new paving etc. and the last thing anyone with a pride in their town wants to see is it spoilt by dropped chewing gum.

“The message is simple – drop it in the bin, not on the floor. There are more than 25 bins in the pedestrianised area alone so there’s no excuse.”

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