Antonine Shopping Centre, in partnership with Enva, has launched a chewing gum recycling initiative to transform discarded chewing gum into reusable products including wellington boots, frisbees, mobile phone covers and training shoe soles.
Two bright pink, eye-catching Gumdrop bins have been placed in busy external areas of the shopping Centre to encourage shoppers to responsibly dispose of their chewing gum, keeping pathways clean.
The bubble shaped Gumdrop bin is designed specifically for the disposal of waste chewing gum. Chewers simply drop their gum into the Gumdrop, and once full these are returned to Gumdrop Ltd where they are recycled into new Gumdrop bins and other reusable products. Each full Gumdrop can be recycled to manufacture three new Gumdrop bins, which in turn can then be redistributed and the cycle starts again.
Antonine Centre Manager, Alan Smillie, says, “Recycling chewing gum back into useful products offers a fantastic circular economy solution to the challenge of sticky chewing gum littered pathways. Our team continually look at improving recycling within the Centre and working with Enva has enabled us to bring this initiative to Antonine Shopping Centre.”