Gum is non-biodegradable, meaning it doesn't’t break down ever….
Today, the unlikely problem surfaces. The average person chews 275 sticks of gum per year. With the amount of people in daily society, it’s no mystery why chewing gum is the second most littered item after cigarette butts. Did you know that gum is banned in Singapore?
In addition to littering human surroundings, gum is hurting animals. There is also a chemical in most sugar-free gum called xylitol that is toxic to dogs and birds. They eat the gum thinking its bread, only to choke on it.
When gum is thrown onto the ground, it never breaks down. The only way to get the substance off the streets and sidewalks is to use a method call power washing. Power washing is when a mechanical sprayer uses high pressure water to remove the gum. Not only does this process use up some of the earths fresh water, it also takes millions of dollars to remove the gum. And later when that happens, all the dirty gum water goes into the ocean and our water supply!
As you can see, gum litter isn’t helping the environment in any shape or form. These are some solutions that you can do about it.
1. Don’t Litter
80–90% of chewing gum is not disposed of properly making it not uncommon to step on a piece of gum. So, a simple helpful solution is throwing your gum in a trash receptacle instead of just spitting it on the sidewalk.
It’s easy not to realize the growing problems with gum litter. So, even if it’s just small comments saying to dispose of gum properly, all efforts are appreciated.