Chewing Gum Bins √?‚???‚??ú Let√?‚???‚???s clear Britain of the chewing gum problem!
√?‚???¬? Why not recycle chewing gum?by using chewing gum bin
√?‚???¬? What is chewing gum, bubble gum and gum anyway?
√?‚???¬? Chewing gum health benefits
√?‚???¬? A sticky problem √?‚???‚??ú and it√?‚???‚???s getting worse, chewing gum bin will help
√?‚???¬? Chewing gum cleaning and chewing gum removal or using chewing gum bins
√?‚???¬? Chewing gum environmental problems
√?‚???¬? Why using chewing gum bins and recycling waste chewing gum is the answer
According to a government report, currently about £150 million is spent annually by local authorities in the UK on chewing gum removal. Instead of cleaning it up, why not using chewing gum bins to collect the waste gum and recycle it? Probably because not many people realise it√?‚???‚???s possible. Gummy Bins Ltd is the company behind the world√?‚???‚???s first chewing gum disposal bin and recycling system. Its range of innovative, quirky bins offers a convenient way for people to dispose of their gum, knowing that they can make a positive contribution to the environment at the same time. The waste gum is collected and turned into material that has various uses √?‚???‚??ú such as drainage systems for football pitches. The Gummy Bin Online Shop is available for instant online order. Gummy Bins also provides chewing gum bin installation, collection and maintenance services.
What is chewing gum, bubble gum and gum anyway?
Chewing gum is a type of confectionery which is designed to be chewed instead of swallowed. Chewing gum has been around since the days of ancient Greece; the women favoured chewing mastic gum, a resin from the bark of the mastic tree, to clean their teeth and sweeten their breath. The ancient Mayans chewed chicle - sap from the sapodilla tree - and North American Indians chewed the sap from spruce trees. As the habit passed along to American settlers, they mixed spruce sap with beeswax, and several decades and variations later in 1871, Thomas Adams patented a machine for manufacturing chewing gum. For reasons of economy and quality many modern chewing gums use petroleum-based polymers instead of chicle. In other words, chewing gum users today are chewing a flavoured, synthetic rubber that is non biodegradable.
Chewing gum health benefits
Chewing gum is a combination of a water-insoluble phase, known as gum base, and a water-soluble phase of sweeteners, flavoring and sometimes food coloring. Unusual for a confectionery, chewing gum has some health benefits; Formatting changed to be more readable
√?‚???¬? Sugar-free chewing gum stimulates saliva production, and helps to neutralise the effect of acids that follow meals.
√?‚???¬? Gum containing the sugar alcohol xylitol can help counteract tooth decay.
√?‚???¬? Chewing gum has also been identified with improving memory, according to UK psychologists. They found that people who chewed throughout tests of both long-term and short-term memory produced significantly better scores than people who did not. But gum chewing did not boost memory-linked reaction times, used as a measure of attention.
√?‚???¬? Also, it is known that gum-chewers scored 25% higher than the control group on immediate word recall tests, and 36% higher on delayed word recall tests. Scientists point to three, non-mutually exclusive reasons, the simplest of which attributes the higher scores to the gum-chewers' increased heart rate (and, by extension, increased blood flow to the brain). Despite this, chewing gum is banned in many schools.
√?‚???¬? The chewing process expends approximately 12 calories per hour (14 watts) and chewing gum when travelling on an aircraft can counteract the irritation caused by changes in air pressure.
√?‚???¬? Minty chewing gum can help clear nasal passages.
A sticky problem √?‚???‚??ú and it√?‚???‚???s getting worse chewing gum bin will help
There are more than 28 million gum chewers in the UK, disposing of more than 3 billion pieces of gum per year. Chewing gum is the only expanding segment of the worldwide confectionary market; global chewing gum sales were expected to reach £10bn by the end of 2006. Chewing gum sales in the UK have increased by 47% since 1999. Britain is the seventh largest gum market in the world with the US and Japan being the top two. Wrigley is the biggest chewing gum seller in the UK with 95% of the market; it has dominated the UK market since it first came to the country in 1911. Thinking about how many chewing gum on the street if there is no chewing gum bins.
Cleaning up chewing gum is difficult, time consuming and very costly. Currently about £150 million is spent annually by local authorities in the UK on chewing gum removal. Existing products rely on abrasive chemicals, high-pressure washing and/or physical scraping. Most treatments are not particularly effective and can cause environmental damage.
√?‚???¬? Scraping: This method is only partially effective on very shiny surfaces with sticky gum. On outside surfaces, because the material is rough, (i.e. concrete, cobble lock, paving slabs, etc.), the gum gets stuck into the surface and will not be removed with scraping.
√?‚???¬? Freezing machines: This system will remove the top surface gum deposit, but has a number of problems: it is very noisy as it uses a strong compressor; it needs very high pressure to break up the gum deposits, it damages the floor surface and leaves stains behind; it works by using dry ice which is very expensive; and the whole system is very expensive to operate.
√?‚???¬? Chemical removal: Chemicals will not remove the gum deposits, only soften them, so other methods still have to be used alongside the chemicals. Gum removal chemicals can be toxic, have offensive smells, and can stain or discolour the brickwork, floor surfaces, etc.
√?‚???¬? Removing chewing gum deposits with pressure washers: Cold pressure water machines will not remove gum at all. Hot/steam pressure water machines loosen and remove the top surface of some gum deposits but still leave the oily stain behind.
Chewing gum environmental problems
Chewing gum is a growing problem in the local environment because it is not biodegradable and it is notoriously difficult to clean up. Public areas in Britain are plagued with millions of pieces of chewing gum which do not decompose, are unsightly, unhygienic and are a potential risk to pets and wild animals. On average, each local authority in the UK spends £13,000 on chewing gum removal (source √?‚???‚??ú DEFRA) but there are others costs as well. Businesses, organisations and educational establishments face the same clean-up problem √?‚???‚??ú and the bill that goes with it. Blocked toilets, drains and water filters; the down time of swimming pools and leisure facilities; carpets, flooring, furniture and equipment that has to be replaced because it cannot be cleaned, etc. The overall cost to the UK taxpayer is almost incalculable. And then there√?‚???‚???s the environmental angle: today√?‚???‚???s chewing gum isn√?‚???‚???t biodegradable (who says we√?‚???‚???re more advanced in the 21st Century?). It finds its way into landfill sites √?‚???‚??ú and by 2010, the amount of waste gum is predicted to be 1 million tonnes worldwide. If it were recycled instead, this could be avoided and the recycled material could be put to good use in the construction industry.
Gummy Bins has developed a process whereby waste gum can be collected and recycled as a material with various uses √?‚???‚??ú such as the drainage systems underneath football pitches, etc. Two years of research between 2003 and 2005 showed that throwing waste gum thoughtlessly away or spitting it out on the ground is an ingrained social habit. It√?‚???‚???s not universally accepted, but it has gone unchallenged for so long that chewing gum culture has become part of everyday life. In the research, the results of one test with a class of 25 five year olds at a school in Cheshire, UK, shocked the management team. A photo of one of the boys in the class standing on the pavement outside a newsagent was shown to his peers. They were asked to point out the litter they could see. Leaves, the odd twig and bits of stray paper all got a mention √?‚???‚??ú but not one child identified the numerous blobs of chewing gum as litter. Most didn√?‚???‚???t even know that the blobs surrounding their class mate on the pavement were discarded gum. In other words, chewing gum culture is ingrained by age five. This and other research by Gummy Bins concluded that:
√?‚???¬? Presented with a safe and efficient method of disposing of their gum, people would use it.
√?‚???¬? The collection and chewing gum recycling bins needed to be instantly recognisable.
√?‚???¬? Education, education and education was needed to change the culture of consumption surrounding chewing gum.
To be successful, Gummy Bins knew that it had to change people√?‚???‚???s behaviour, and the company tapped into the increasing recycling trend for an answer. It found a way to recycle gum and it designed, prototyped and tested a litter container specifically for chewing gum collection and recycling. Gummy Bins also produced a detailed consultation report for the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the UK Government body responsible for tackling the chewing gum issue. Submitted in 2004, similar wording from that report found its way into the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (April 2006). The Gummy Bins company was set up in 2005 with two long-term, ground breaking objectives:
1. To change the √?‚???ňúculture of consumption√?‚???‚??? surrounding chewing gum, ie √?‚???‚??ú to permanently change people√?‚???‚???s attitudes towards chewing gum and the way they dispose of it.
2. To establish the UK as an international role model for the effective and hygienic disposal of chewing gum waste.