Laois Nationalist – Laois County Council tackles thorny problem of chewing gum

Pictured at the launch of the Gum Litter Task Force campaign, Dom Reddin (Laois County Council Environmental Section) and Gerry Browne (Portlaoise Tidy Towns) were kneeling. Standing Suzanne Dempsey (Laois County Council Environment Officer) and Thomasina Connell, Laois County Council cathaoirleach
Photo: Michael Scully

By Joe Barrett

The Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council cllr Thomasina Connell officially launched the Gum Litter Education (GLT) and Gum Litter Education Campaign last week.

The (GLT) is an environmental initiative that was set up to develop and implement an awareness campaign aimed at reducing gum waste in the most sustainable way.

Supported and funded by the chewing gum industry, the initiative has made significant improvements in gum waste awareness and disposal behavior over the past 14 years since its inception in 2007.

The campaign seeks to build on the momentum of previous years’ campaigns.

Speaking at the launch, Suzanne Dempsey of Laois County Council said: “We can never underestimate the pride people have in their local towns and villages. As always, I am confident that the people of Laois will make their city and local community proud by supporting the Gum Litter Taskforce campaign to invoke positive change within their local communities.

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