Originally posted by Frank Taylor
What about making the tax about â‚¬2 per packet so that sales, particularly to children, drop to nothing? I know I sound like Scrooge advocating removing childrens' icecreams but the drawbacks of gum must exceed the benefits many times over.
True, thats a benefit.Originally posted by phil
The sugarless gums have actually been proved to be good for oral heigeine.
It did seem to work for plastic bags.Originally posted by phil Putting a tax on chewing gum is not going to solve this problem.
Originally posted by phil
What I meant was that there is no benefit in terms of the environment or health.
Carlow Nationalist wrote:Make chewing gum less clingy to solve the sticky issue of litter
LATERAL thinking has been applied by a Carlow senator, who has come up with a novel way of tackling the huge costs of cleaning up chewing gum.
Senator Fergal Browne has described Environment Minister Dick Rocheâ€™s attempts to get the chewing gum industry to fund an anti-litter campaign as â€œineffectiveâ€.
Instead he advocates an alternative approach - to put pressure on the industry to make its product less sticky.
Referring to a study that was carried out by some Carlow students last year as part of the Young Scientist competition, Senator Browne highlighted that each year 65,000 pieces of chewing gum were discarded on our footpaths.
â€œThe Irish Government should put pressure on chewing gum companies to make chewing gum less sticky, instead of talking about them funding publicity campaigns which have been proven in the past to be almost totally ineffective,â€ said Senator Browne.
â€œA campaign will do nothing to help reduce the huge costs associated with cleaning gum off our streets, costs that a study undertaken in Carlow last year illustrated.
â€œBy reducing the costs of removing chewing gum off our streets local authorities would save millions of euros each year which could be put to good use by helping to clean up towns even further.â€ According to the Fine Gael senator, the study by the students at St Maryâ€™s Academy also estimated that over half a kilo of gum is discarded on Tullow Street every week. In 2003 Carlow Town Council spent â€¢250,000 on street cleaning.
â€œTechnology now exists to make chewing gum less sticky, as advocated by Tom Kavanagh of the Irish Business Against Litter League, and this must be pushed instead of a futile publicity campaign,â€ he argued.
â€œIf the Minister truly believes a publicity campaign will have the desired effect he should publish any data available to him that can prove this. He should also explain how he sees litter wardens imposing fines on people who spit out chewing gum will work.â€
Â© Carlow Nationalist .
Frank Taylor wrote:Incidentally, O'Connell Street and Henry Street's new flags are nowhere near as damaged by gum as I would have expected by this stage. Is DCC removing the gum every week or something?