Wexford is really getting to grips with a sticky problem

Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00

At the launch, from left: Sharon Codd, Ranan Nascimanto, Thomas Hartford, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cliona Connolly, Phil Murphy, Sean Keary and Joau Coelho.
At the launch, from left: Sharon Codd, Ranan Nascimanto, Thomas Hartford, Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cliona Connolly, Phil Murphy, Sean Keary and Joau Coelho.

CHEWING gum is the scourge of many towns and Wexford is no exception, but many people appear unaware of the extent of the problem until they find themselves sticking to the pavement and then trying to remove the mess.

The 2015 Gum Litter Taskforce gum litter education campaign was launched in Selskar Square last week by Vice Chair Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

The launch follows an agreement between the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) representing the gum industry, to fund a national gum litter awareness programme from 2015 - 2017.

The agreement includes new agreed mechanisms to further enhance and reinvigorate the campaign and represents a multi-million euro commitment by industry to tackling the issue of littered gum. The initiative aims to build on the success of past public education programmes to date and introduce new elements to help raise awareness of the impact of littered gum and encourage proper gum disposal.

Speaking at the launch Councillor Codd-Nolan said, 'It is wonderful to see everyone in the community coming together to get behind this campaign, both here in Wexford and in so many towns around the country. The GLT campaign brings together the community and local authorities with a common goal to fight gum litter.'

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