he Gum Litter Taskforce certainly brought out the sun at Burnaby Park today.
They just didn’t quite bring out as many people as they might have hoped for this family fun day all about giving little a kick in the gum.
And it’s not like these guys didn’t put on a show.
There were Ecocab rides around the park, a basketball machine, a photo wall for selfies, and a bunch of people on hand to remind you that throwing your gum on the ground is all kinds of wrong.
Sponsored by the chewing gum industry, the Gum Little Taskforce has actually been pretty successful in its campaign, with the recent National Littler Pollution Monitoring report revealing that the percentage of gum as a proportion of litter stood at 9.4% in 2020, down from 10.6% in 2019. And since the very start of the campaign (actually not sure when that was), the proportion of gum as a percentage of litter has dropped by a whopping 64%.
As the GTT gang mingled with the GLT taskforce, we cornered Wicklow County Council’s James Callery and Greystones Tidy Towns supremo Marie Mccooey to find out more.
“The bottom line is,” says James, “if you love your place, leave no trace…”
You can find out more about the Gum Litter Taskforce here and about Greystones Tidy Towns here.
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