Chemical to be sprayed on Bolton town centre pavements to stop chewing gum sticking

Chewing gum on the pavement in Oxford Street, Bolton town centre

The treated pavement looking really clean outside BHS in Victoria Square, Bolton town centre

The treated pavement looking really clean outside BHS in Victoria Square, Bolton town centre

First published in News

TOWN Hall bosses say they hope that the ongoing revamp of Bolton’s shopping streets will see an end to a sticky problem on pavements.

The walkways are being treated with a special chemical to stop chewing gum becoming stuck to the ground.

The area outside BHS in Victoria Square has already been treated with the protective coating following the repair work and cleaning of the area, which took place last month.

Now workmen have started resurfacing and repairing Hotel Street and Mealhouse Lane, in time for the Bolton Food Festival over the August bank holiday weekend.

Stephen Young, assistant director for highways and engineering at Bolton Council, said that by protecting the pavements now, they were making Bolton a good place to visit and shop, for the benefit of businesses and residents alike.

“It’s very labour intensive to remove chewing gum, but if you treat it in advance it’s much easier”, he said.

“The treatment of the flagstones outside BHS near the canopy shows that it does repel chewing gum. Chewing gum on pavements is a problem nationwide, not just in Bolton.”

The council is spending £1.44 million on improving the town centre, including the redevelopment of Newport Street — which will mean the loss of the charity canopy and elephants, as reported in The Bolton News in February.

Cllr Ebrahim Adia, the executive cabinet member for regeneration and resources, said that shoppers and visitors to Bolton will notice a big difference to the town centre streets once work is complete.

He added: “We’ve already repaved the surfaces from Black-horse Street to Bolton Market, repaired and cleaned up the flagstones in Victoria Square, and put some new paving down opposite British Home Stores.

“All the new paving will have a treatment applied which will make it harder for chewing gum to stick to it.

“This preventative resin will help keep our town centre clean, which is important to both businesses and shoppers.

“Once all the work is complete, it will give a much more modern, open feel, and also provide clearer sight lines to the town centre, especially for people using public transport and coming into town that way.”

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10:06am Mon 2 Jun 14

sue_n_o says...

If people didn't drop the gum in the first place the cost of the treatment and cleaning could be used somewhere else in these days of cash strapped councils. we were always taught to put the gum in a piece of tissue or paper 'til we saw a bin.
If people didn't drop the gum in the first place the cost of the treatment and cleaning could be used somewhere else in these days of cash strapped councils. we were always taught to put the gum in a piece of tissue or paper 'til we saw a bin. sue_n_o
  • Score: 37

10:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

manpol says...

so the new treatment will stop it sticking and then means it will be stuck to the bottom of your shoe!!!! there is a logic here I m just not seeing it...
Why not issue more fines to litter offenders, instead of constantly hounding the motorist............
.might encourage people to come into the town centre.
so the new treatment will stop it sticking and then means it will be stuck to the bottom of your shoe!!!! there is a logic here I m just not seeing it... Why not issue more fines to litter offenders, instead of constantly hounding the motorist............ .might encourage people to come into the town centre. manpol
  • Score: 29

10:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?
Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 32

10:40am Mon 2 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

Get some of these pond life scrotes to go around with a trowel and remove it.
Get some of these pond life scrotes to go around with a trowel and remove it. Jim271
  • Score: 45

10:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

hal pel says...

Come to Bolton, our pavements are spotless! There's not a good shop in the entire town, but you'll be too busy admiring the ground to notice.
Come to Bolton, our pavements are spotless! There's not a good shop in the entire town, but you'll be too busy admiring the ground to notice. hal pel
  • Score: 33

10:43am Mon 2 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

I cant wait to see this, anything that makes the pavement slippy will open up the council to claims
I cant wait to see this, anything that makes the pavement slippy will open up the council to claims MrUpton
  • Score: 17

10:47am Mon 2 Jun 14

Opionated321 says...

No mention in this article if this chemical is harmful in any way? My concern here is children and toddlers who may fall and come into contact with it...
No mention in this article if this chemical is harmful in any way? My concern here is children and toddlers who may fall and come into contact with it... Opionated321
  • Score: -7

10:49am Mon 2 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?
No they're not. You will still get fined for dropping litter. Some people will still drop the litter, including your example of the man dropping the cigerette butt on the floor. This will help stop the gum sticking to the pavement, but some poor sod will have to make sure they don't walk into their house / car with gum on their shoes.
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?[/p][/quote]No they're not. You will still get fined for dropping litter. Some people will still drop the litter, including your example of the man dropping the cigerette butt on the floor. This will help stop the gum sticking to the pavement, but some poor sod will have to make sure they don't walk into their house / car with gum on their shoes. Ernagy2
  • Score: 11

11:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts

Ont he Data sheet it says

"Acute toxicity No data is available on this product."

"Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product."

Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested.

It also says on the data sheet

3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard

(IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?)

It also says :-

Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD.
Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts Ont he Data sheet it says "Acute toxicity No data is available on this product." "Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product." Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested. It also says on the data sheet 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard (IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?) It also says :- Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD. MrUpton
  • Score: 14

11:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

MrUpton wrote:
Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts

Ont he Data sheet it says

"Acute toxicity No data is available on this product."

"Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product."

Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested.

It also says on the data sheet

3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard

(IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?)

It also says :-

Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD.
INB4
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts Ont he Data sheet it says "Acute toxicity No data is available on this product." "Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product." Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested. It also says on the data sheet 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard (IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?) It also says :- Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD.[/p][/quote]INB4 Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Mon 2 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

Jim271 wrote:
Get some of these pond life scrotes to go around with a trowel and remove it.
Once again I agree with Jim,rather than the council spraying hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere (at great cost and potential harm to the public)get the local "baddies" to clean up the mess.Dress them in striped uniforms and put them on show.I forgot to mention this spray could also be harmful to our four legged friends too.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Get some of these pond life scrotes to go around with a trowel and remove it.[/p][/quote]Once again I agree with Jim,rather than the council spraying hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere (at great cost and potential harm to the public)get the local "baddies" to clean up the mess.Dress them in striped uniforms and put them on show.I forgot to mention this spray could also be harmful to our four legged friends too. boltonnut
  • Score: 15

12:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

lancashiregirl says...

WISH THEY COULD CATCH THE MORONS THAT DO THIS, AND MAKE THEM SCRAPE IT OFF, THEY ARE JUST PLAIN BLOODY IGNORANT THE TOWN WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM, NOTHING BUT SCUM, COST THE COUNCIL TAX PAYER A FORTUNE BUT THEY WON'T BE PAYING COUNCIL TAX SO THEY WILL NOT CARE THEY WILL BE ON BENEFITS (THEY WON'T KNOW WHAT A BIN IS FOR HALF OF THEM.) COMPLETE IGNORANT PEOPLE
WISH THEY COULD CATCH THE MORONS THAT DO THIS, AND MAKE THEM SCRAPE IT OFF, THEY ARE JUST PLAIN BLOODY IGNORANT THE TOWN WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE WITHOUT THEM, NOTHING BUT SCUM, COST THE COUNCIL TAX PAYER A FORTUNE BUT THEY WON'T BE PAYING COUNCIL TAX SO THEY WILL NOT CARE THEY WILL BE ON BENEFITS (THEY WON'T KNOW WHAT A BIN IS FOR HALF OF THEM.) COMPLETE IGNORANT PEOPLE lancashiregirl
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit.
Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -3

1:03pm Mon 2 Jun 14

asptec says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?
Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined.
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?[/p][/quote]Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined. asptec
  • Score: 4

1:04pm Mon 2 Jun 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit.
Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
Hi,

I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit.

You my friend, are a moron.
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]Hi, I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit. You my friend, are a moron. A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 26

1:06pm Mon 2 Jun 14

waynagain says...

Whatever happened to the 'special machine' the Council spent thousands on which was supposed to remove gum from the pavement?
Put a tax on gum and use the revenue to remove it instead of having 'none chewers' from having to foot the bill.
Whatever happened to the 'special machine' the Council spent thousands on which was supposed to remove gum from the pavement? Put a tax on gum and use the revenue to remove it instead of having 'none chewers' from having to foot the bill. waynagain
  • Score: 12

1:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dusty87 says...

I'm sure in Bolton there are enough people doing community service that would be able to do this, thereby saving the council money which they can then use elsewhere. Preferably on something that would benefit the town and not lead to potential accident claims in the near future.
I'm sure in Bolton there are enough people doing community service that would be able to do this, thereby saving the council money which they can then use elsewhere. Preferably on something that would benefit the town and not lead to potential accident claims in the near future. Dusty87
  • Score: 9

1:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

hal pel says...

This is another con. Bolton Council must have had a visit from the snake oil salesman. I wonder if they've ever considered a monorail?
This is another con. Bolton Council must have had a visit from the snake oil salesman. I wonder if they've ever considered a monorail? hal pel
  • Score: 9

1:32pm Mon 2 Jun 14

waynagain says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
If you check the history of 'chewing gum' you'll see it was a 'habit' in Greece 2.400 year ago. In your hurry to blame the 'disgusting habit' on the Americans, I would sugest that you investigate an American idea called the 'SLAP' programme. Prisoners who are 'non-violent and been convictect of minor offences are carefully screened before they are admitted to the programme. Cleaning local town centers - this would include the removal of gum and cigarette butts - is one of the services they provide for which they get a credit which reslts in a sentence reduction. Tax payers win twice as they don't have to fund the cleaning process and also don't have to fund their full incarceration.
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]If you check the history of 'chewing gum' you'll see it was a 'habit' in Greece 2.400 year ago. In your hurry to blame the 'disgusting habit' on the Americans, I would sugest that you investigate an American idea called the 'SLAP' programme. Prisoners who are 'non-violent and been convictect of minor offences are carefully screened before they are admitted to the programme. Cleaning local town centers - this would include the removal of gum and cigarette butts - is one of the services they provide for which they get a credit which reslts in a sentence reduction. Tax payers win twice as they don't have to fund the cleaning process and also don't have to fund their full incarceration. waynagain
  • Score: 15

1:51pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Puffin-Billy says...

waynagain wrote:
Puffin-Billy wrote:
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
If you check the history of 'chewing gum' you'll see it was a 'habit' in Greece 2.400 year ago. In your hurry to blame the 'disgusting habit' on the Americans, I would sugest that you investigate an American idea called the 'SLAP' programme. Prisoners who are 'non-violent and been convictect of minor offences are carefully screened before they are admitted to the programme. Cleaning local town centers - this would include the removal of gum and cigarette butts - is one of the services they provide for which they get a credit which reslts in a sentence reduction. Tax payers win twice as they don't have to fund the cleaning process and also don't have to fund their full incarceration.
Fair point
[quote][p][bold]waynagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]If you check the history of 'chewing gum' you'll see it was a 'habit' in Greece 2.400 year ago. In your hurry to blame the 'disgusting habit' on the Americans, I would sugest that you investigate an American idea called the 'SLAP' programme. Prisoners who are 'non-violent and been convictect of minor offences are carefully screened before they are admitted to the programme. Cleaning local town centers - this would include the removal of gum and cigarette butts - is one of the services they provide for which they get a credit which reslts in a sentence reduction. Tax payers win twice as they don't have to fund the cleaning process and also don't have to fund their full incarceration.[/p][/quote]Fair point Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 6

2:30pm Mon 2 Jun 14

m.nealon says...

Are they actually sure that it's ALL chewing gum? There are lots of pigeons in the area who don't know where the public toilets are!! What happened to the expensive equipment purchased for the purpose of cleaning chewing gum up. If you look in some areas there are hundreds of white spots. Does this mean those who discard their gum deliberately make their way to specific areas to discard it?
Are they actually sure that it's ALL chewing gum? There are lots of pigeons in the area who don't know where the public toilets are!! What happened to the expensive equipment purchased for the purpose of cleaning chewing gum up. If you look in some areas there are hundreds of white spots. Does this mean those who discard their gum deliberately make their way to specific areas to discard it? m.nealon
  • Score: 0

3:33pm Mon 2 Jun 14

I, Ludicrous says...

asptec wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote:
Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?
Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined.
I didn't say that it states anywhere in the article that it does, I asked a question. For what it's worth I'm in complete agreement with you that anyone seen to be gozzing out the chuddy in public should be fined in exactly the same way as any other litter lout. It'd be nice to think that more could be done by way of prevention here though, rather than, as appears to be the case, cure.
[quote][p][bold]asptec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?[/p][/quote]Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined.[/p][/quote]I didn't say that it states anywhere in the article that it does, I asked a question. For what it's worth I'm in complete agreement with you that anyone seen to be gozzing out the chuddy in public should be fined in exactly the same way as any other litter lout. It'd be nice to think that more could be done by way of prevention here though, rather than, as appears to be the case, cure. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 4

6:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
asptec wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote:
Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?
Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined.
I didn't say that it states anywhere in the article that it does, I asked a question. For what it's worth I'm in complete agreement with you that anyone seen to be gozzing out the chuddy in public should be fined in exactly the same way as any other litter lout. It'd be nice to think that more could be done by way of prevention here though, rather than, as appears to be the case, cure.
The council employ 'litter catchers' as the man who dropped his cigarette but will testify. So they're working on prevention and cure. Do we need more wardens, probably. However people will complain on here if the council employed more wardens as it would put up Council Tax and the money used "could be spent on the NHS".

Looking at some people's blinkered view lets pull all council services and just put every penny the council has into the NHS (lol)
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asptec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Interesting. In the light of that guy getting find for dropping his docker, are we actually saying here that it's now OK to drop chewing gum on to the floor?[/p][/quote]Where in this article does it say that it is. If anyone is caught, then they deserve to be fined.[/p][/quote]I didn't say that it states anywhere in the article that it does, I asked a question. For what it's worth I'm in complete agreement with you that anyone seen to be gozzing out the chuddy in public should be fined in exactly the same way as any other litter lout. It'd be nice to think that more could be done by way of prevention here though, rather than, as appears to be the case, cure.[/p][/quote]The council employ 'litter catchers' as the man who dropped his cigarette but will testify. So they're working on prevention and cure. Do we need more wardens, probably. However people will complain on here if the council employed more wardens as it would put up Council Tax and the money used "could be spent on the NHS". Looking at some people's blinkered view lets pull all council services and just put every penny the council has into the NHS (lol) Ernagy2
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

waynagain says...

Instead of fining gum and fad end litterers, have them spend a day picking up fag ends and scraping gum off the floor.
Instead of fining gum and fad end litterers, have them spend a day picking up fag ends and scraping gum off the floor. waynagain
  • Score: 7

9:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Puffin-Billy says...

A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Puffin-Billy wrote:
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit.
Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
Hi,

I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit.

You my friend, are a moron.
American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others.
[quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]Hi, I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit. You my friend, are a moron.[/p][/quote]American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 6

9:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

SleepingThunder says...

Cllr Ebrahim Adia, the executive cabinet member for regeneration and resources:Thanks for voting,here is that kickback we promised.
Cllr Ebrahim Adia, the executive cabinet member for regeneration and resources:Thanks for voting,here is that kickback we promised. SleepingThunder
  • Score: -1

9:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Puffin-Billy wrote:
Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit.
Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
Hi,

I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit.

You my friend, are a moron.
American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others.
The New England settlers picked up this practice, and in 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]Hi, I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit. You my friend, are a moron.[/p][/quote]American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others.[/p][/quote]The New England settlers picked up this practice, and in 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bungie44 says...

So they can afford to spray the town center with chemicals to move chewing gum but can`t afford to spray a back street with weed killer
So they can afford to spray the town center with chemicals to move chewing gum but can`t afford to spray a back street with weed killer bungie44
  • Score: 1

11:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

vicric87 says...

Does this mean it will stick to our shoes instead and then get trodden into our carpets? And what if a small child or animal decides to pick some up and put it in it's mouth? Then again, I stopped going to Bolton ages ago. Would rather travel elsewhere.
Does this mean it will stick to our shoes instead and then get trodden into our carpets? And what if a small child or animal decides to pick some up and put it in it's mouth? Then again, I stopped going to Bolton ages ago. Would rather travel elsewhere. vicric87
  • Score: 1

4:37am Tue 3 Jun 14

waynagain says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
Puffin-Billy wrote:
A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Puffin-Billy wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.
Hi, I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit. You my friend, are a moron.
American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others.
The New England settlers picked up this practice, and in 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.
So, only 2,200 years after chewing gum was started in Greece.
Good to see that an American developed a commercial version that he sold to the New England settlers - who were from ENGLAND!!!!!! I wonder if those English people threw their gum on the floor like the English people do today?
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Ban the sale of chewing gum - another disgusting American habit. Why should we have to pollute our street with noxious chemicals just so stupid disgusting people can indulge in their filthy habit.[/p][/quote]Hi, I use chewing gum and I'm not stupid and/or disgusting - nor do I believe it's a filthy habit. You my friend, are a moron.[/p][/quote]American or not , spitting it out onto the pavement is a disgusting habit, and it demonstrates contempt for others.[/p][/quote]The New England settlers picked up this practice, and in 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum called The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum.[/p][/quote]So, only 2,200 years after chewing gum was started in Greece. Good to see that an American developed a commercial version that he sold to the New England settlers - who were from ENGLAND!!!!!! I wonder if those English people threw their gum on the floor like the English people do today? waynagain
  • Score: 1

8:29am Tue 3 Jun 14

alfgoater says...

So you put chemicals on the footpath, what about the drains which run into rivers or streams, what about your environment. could not see that happening here in Australia.?
So you put chemicals on the footpath, what about the drains which run into rivers or streams, what about your environment. could not see that happening here in Australia.? alfgoater
  • Score: 3

8:36am Tue 3 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

alfgoater wrote:
So you put chemicals on the footpath, what about the drains which run into rivers or streams, what about your environment. could not see that happening here in Australia.?
The fluorochemicals that are used in some of these products are very toxic to fish too
[quote][p][bold]alfgoater[/bold] wrote: So you put chemicals on the footpath, what about the drains which run into rivers or streams, what about your environment. could not see that happening here in Australia.?[/p][/quote]The fluorochemicals that are used in some of these products are very toxic to fish too MrUpton
  • Score: 0

9:55am Tue 3 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

Has anyone thought of asking people to digest it ?. Its only the same as food.
Has anyone thought of asking people to digest it ?. Its only the same as food. thomas222
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Gore Seer says...

Just Stop Manufacturing It Totally Then The Problem Will Go Away.
Just Stop Manufacturing It Totally Then The Problem Will Go Away. Gore Seer
  • Score: -1

2:30pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bekki.Homer says...

MrUpton wrote:
Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts

Ont he Data sheet it says

"Acute toxicity No data is available on this product."

"Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product."

Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested.

It also says on the data sheet

3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard

(IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?)

It also says :-

Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD.
Mr Upton, where did you find the product name to do this research as it is not listed in the article?
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Having examined the COSHH and Material Safety Data sheet for this product I find it quite incredible that the council would consider using something that has had no testing done on it's ecological or toxicological impacts Ont he Data sheet it says "Acute toxicity No data is available on this product." "Ecotoxicity No data is available on this product." Therefore no one knows if this product is harmful to the environment or is toxic ... simply because there is no data available which suggests it hasn't been tested. It also says on the data sheet 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION Main hazards No Significant Hazard (IF TOXIC AND ECOLOGICAL DATA IS NOT AVAILABLE HOW CAN ONE SAY 100% THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT HAZARD?) It also says :- Other hazards SPILLAGE MAY CREATE SLIP HAZARD.[/p][/quote]Mr Upton, where did you find the product name to do this research as it is not listed in the article? Bekki.Homer
  • Score: 1

9:01am Wed 4 Jun 14

bossess says...

Chewing gum lichen - Lecanora muralis
This is common on pavements and resembles discarded chewing gum. The tough upper surface of the lichen is made up of thousands of tightly packed filaments which collect the nutrients and moisture in the air. People walking over it helps the lichen to spread. This lichen was first seen in London in 1960 and now it is found on pavements all over Britain.
Chewing gum lichen - Lecanora muralis This is common on pavements and resembles discarded chewing gum. The tough upper surface of the lichen is made up of thousands of tightly packed filaments which collect the nutrients and moisture in the air. People walking over it helps the lichen to spread. This lichen was first seen in London in 1960 and now it is found on pavements all over Britain. bossess
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9:29pm Sat 7 Jun 14

guesty86 says...

To be fair the chewing gum on the pavement doesn't bother me, I don't walk around looking at the floor, too busy keeping my eyes open for groups of scrotes and immigrants hanging around either causing trouble or trying to mug people. would spend more time in town if they could spray a chemical to rid the pavements of this problem.
To be fair the chewing gum on the pavement doesn't bother me, I don't walk around looking at the floor, too busy keeping my eyes open for groups of scrotes and immigrants hanging around either causing trouble or trying to mug people. would spend more time in town if they could spray a chemical to rid the pavements of this problem. guesty86
  • Score: 2

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