Hospital staff at a trust in Yorkshire are being encouraged to put their used chewing gum in new pink recycling bins that have been introduced across its three main sites.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging patients, visitors and staff to dispose of used chewing gum in new bright pink, dedicated bins installed around its sites.
“Used chewing gum causes a huge litter problem across all of our sites2
Suzy Brain England
The new gum receptors, called Gumdrops, are made out of recycled chewing gum and have been installed at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital.
The trust hopes the move will lead to less “unsightly” chewing gum across the organisation’s sites, which it noted was very costly to remove.
Dropping used gum into a normal litter bin helps to keep its hospitals clean, said the trust, but highlighted that it was not recycled and eventually ended up in landfill.
Trust asks nurses to recycle chewing gum in pink bins
Using the eco-friendly containers, the gum is removed from the bins and recycled into plastic, which is used to create more Gumdrops, as well as wellington boots, coffee cups and mobile phone covers.
Suzy Brain England, chair of the trust, said: “Used chewing gum causes a huge litter problem across all of our sites.
“Installing these bins encourages visitors to dispose of their used gum ensuring that waste is not stuck on pavements and roads around our hospitals which is very unsightly,” she said.
“The bins are hard to miss, being bubble-gum pink in colour, and will save on the cost of cleaning up gum and is part of our commitment to create a clean and healthy environment for patients, visitors, staff and our local community,” she added.