Derby City Council has invested in a new chewing gum removal van to help clean up the streets of Derby.

The van, which is the latest on the market, only takes a few minutes to warm up; reaching temperatures up to 150 degrees Celsius to lift the chewing gum easily from the footpath. It also cleans the surrounding area and will bring efficiency to the service, combining tasks that previously required two separate teams to complete.

Cabinet Member, Councillor Smale tests out the new equipment.
Cabinet Member, Councillor Smale tests out the new equipment.

Chewing gum, which is one of the most common forms of litter, can have a detrimental effect on our streets as it is made from non-biodegradable synthetic plastic and remains on our pavements until it is removed by our dedicated Streetpride team.

The introduction of this new van to the fleet will save time for the Streetpride team, allowing them to get around the city quicker. It comes as part of a replacement scheme which means existing vehicles have been replaced with the new chewing gum removal van and its new technology.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride said:

“It is great to see us investing in new equipment to help with cleaning our streets in Derby. This continues our commitment of delivering a cleaner city for all. The van will enhance the work of the Deep Clean projects we have already undertaken throughout the city.”

The van is designed to be quieter than previous equipment, reducing the noise of the whole process and will allow the Streetpride team to service areas earlier and over longer hours without causing noise disruption to businesses and the public, five days a week.

The team will initially focus on the chewing gum build up within the city centre, starting on the Wardwick area then moving onto the Morledge, East Street and St Peters Street, including the entrances to Primark.

If you know of an area that would benefit from our Streetpride team visiting you can request it through our online form.