The chewing gum market has been steadily increasing in recent years. Many consumers dispose of their gum responsibly; however it is still being dropped onto pavements by many. It is the second most common litter after cigarette butts. Defra reports that gum contributes to pavement staining more than any other litter. Unfortunately this mainly occurs around schools, cinemas and fast food outlets frequented by the young.
Isn’t There a Better Way?
Cleaning chewing gum residue from pavements is time consuming and uses a combination of aggressive techniques. These require areas to be cordoned off, large quantities of water and sometimes additional chemicals. Add to this inconvenience, disruption and wear to the pavement fabric and you will understand why we often get asked: “Isn’t there a better way?”
Now There Is
Well now there is. After many months of co-operation and development with specialist gum removal company CGRS, trials of a new technique using one of our pavement cleaning machines have proven spectacularly successful.
99% of Chewing Gum Residue Removed In One Pass
As the accompanying pictures show the result is remarkable, 99% of gum residue is removed in one pass with the pavement being deep cleaned at the same time. This is achieved without using any chemicals and the waste water and gum residue is collected by the machine. Result: Clean, bacteria free pavements which are immediately usable by the public.
For local and city councils this represents a significant breakthrough. Our machine removes gum four to six times quicker than a man with a high pressure lance, and it also deep cleans the pavement in that time. One pass over a width of 1.2metres at a speed of 1mph removes 99% of gum residue and leaves the pavement clean and dry. No high pressure jetting means pavement damage from dislodged sand and grout is non-existent. And all this is done unbeknown to pedestrians who just carry on life as normal.
So, after many years of trying we can now say: “Yes there is a better way; we have a solution to the sticky problem of the chewing gum blight on our pavements.”