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Cllr Michael Murphy launches 2019 gum litter campaign

Leas Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Michael Murphy launches 2019 gum litter campaign
Campaign seeks to positively influence people’s behaviour towards gum disposal

(30.05.19) Leas Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Michael Murphy today officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign in the Sisters of Charity National School, Clonmel.

The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) has been successful to date in changing the public’s behaviour by encouraging correct gum disposal through a targeted education and awareness campaign. The 2018 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began in 2007, pointing to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had to date.

Research commissioned by the Gum Litter Taskforce and conducted by Kantar Millward Brown during the 2018 campaign has highlighted the campaign’s positive effect on people’s behaviour towards gum disposal. The latest results show that 88% of people said that they always dispose of their gum correctly, up from 54% when the campaign first began.

Speaking at the launch, Leas Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Cllr Michael Murphy said; “The Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign is a fantastic initiative which harnesses community spirit and channels it towards achieving a common goal, that of ridding our streets of littered gum. I am delighted to see local communities from right across the county coming together again this year under the GLT banner in an effort to make a positive change within their respective localities. The GLT campaign has made some very positive inroads to date on this issue and I hope that the campaign will continue to do so again this year.”

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