How to prevent a sticky situation!

We have all done it!  Walked down the pavement and then realised our shoes have started sticking to it.

Chewing gum is a real nuisance in our town centres and public spaces.   It is estimated to cost local councils up to £60million a year to remove gum from Britain’s pavements.

The Local Government Association Environment spokesman Cllr Peter Box said: “Chewing gum is a plague on our pavements. It is a blight which costs councils a fortune to clean up and takes hours of hard work to remove. It’s ugly, it’s unsightly and it’s unacceptable”

Discarded gum is an epidemic in our towns and city centres. Westminster Council says almost three million pieces, amounting to six tonnes, are dropped on the streets in the West End of London each year and there are an average of around 25 pieces on every metre of pavement.

Ed Argar, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for city management, transport and infrastructure, said: “Dealing with the sticky mess of discarded chewing gum on our streets swallows a huge amount of resources, in terms of both money and man-hours”.

While UltraScape cannot stop the public littering they can help councils with the cleanup operation.  UltraScape’s Paving Guard acts as a sand stabiliser, joint protector and more importantly a chewing gum inhibitor.  Paving Guard reduces the ability of the chewing gum to adhere to the paving surface.  It will not prevent chewing gum sticking altogether, which generally is not desirable due to the subsequent risk of carriage into shops and other internal areas.  It is intended to facilitate easier removal during normal cleaning cycles.

An average piece of gum costs 3p to buy but according to the LGA it can cost up to £1.50 (fifty times that price) to clean up.  By using UltraScape’s Paving Guard that cost can be significantly reduced and will help councils keep our pavements spotless.

For further information on UltraScape’s Paving Guard please contact us on 01827 254402, email or visit