Friday 23 March 2018

Hogan considers 50c levy on chewing gum

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A 50 cent levy could be imposed on each pack of chewing gum after the Government yesterday refused to rule out draconian measures to reduce gum-related litter on pavements.

The hike could bump up the price of the best-selling brand to €1.60.

The prospect of a hike comes despite claims of a near 60pc reduction in the amount of gum thrown on to streets since 2008.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan yesterday refused to rule out the introduction of a tax at the launch of a new three-year awareness campaign in Dublin.

The Gum Litter Taskforce -- funded entirely by chewing gum manufacturers Wrigley and Cadbury Craft -- said a study showed the problem of gum litter has reduced by 57pc since 2008 as a result of public awareness campaigns.

They also launched the latest phase of an education campaign, in partnership with the Department of Environment, aimed at reducing gum litter.

The campaign will be sponsored by the gum manufacturers to the tune of €9.6m over the next three years and will involve input from 23 local authorities nationwide.

Irish Independent

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