Collecting and recycling discarded chewing gum
You may see a lot of discarded chewing gums stuck to the ground. Do you know they can be turned into a wide variety of new products if they are recycled?
Chewing gums are discarded almost everywhere such as streets, trains and cinemas, and the councils in the UK spend £150 million pounds a year to remove chewing gum litter from the streets. To address this global issue of chewing gum, Anna Bullus founded Gumdrop Ltd in 2009, which is the first company in the world to announce the recycle system of chewing gum.
They design and operate garbage boxes “Gumdrop” specifically for the disposal of chewing gums. They install these pink round receptacles on conspicuous spots in the city and collect receptacles filled with chewing gums sequentially. “Gum-tec®”, a new compound that can be used in the rubber and plastics industry, is produced, which used for recycling into lunch boxes, mobile phone covers, stationary, frisbees and Gumdrop again.
Gumdrop has been proven to reduce chewing gum litter by up to 46% in the first 12 weeks, and it will also reduce cleaning costs by as much as £18,000 per year. The company encourages the public to recycle gums and makes efforts to educate and raise awareness. The company currently installs Gumdrop in the UK and Denmark and, in the future, will work with manufacturers and companies all over the world to reduce chewing gum litter, with aiming for technological innovation on a global scale.