New machine tackles sticky situation in Corby

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Corby Council has invested in new eco-friendly kit to tackle the sticky situation of removing chewing gum from town streets.

Its street scene team has taken delivery of a machine which uses a sugar-based solution and can remove up to 1,000 pieces of gum from the pavement in just an hour.

The cleaning solution is bio-degradable and the machine doesn’t need an external power source, trailing leads or generators, making it safe to use in public places such as the town centre.

The new technology also means there is no water spray and no damage to surfaces from power washing.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “Chewing gum can be a real blight on the environment and once discarded on our streets can be costly to remove.

“By investing in this new equipment we can clean up the problem more quickly and in a more environmentally-friendly way.”

The council is hoping to work with local businesses and landowners in the borough to help make Corby a cleaner, greener place by offering the equipment for hire.

For more information on hiring it telephone 01536 464654.